This is the last in a three-part series of lessons on character. Our character is based on the things that we say; the things that we do; and the motives behind them. The Bible calls this being faithful.
Another word that describes faithful is trustworthy. Does my character reflect trustworthiness? How is becoming trustworthy cultivated?
First, becoming faithful/trustworthy is rooted in God. God calls His people to become faithful. Faith in God prompts a change in our behavior. We live with a greater purpose when we live for God.
People will disappoint you, but God never disappoints. In fact, He remains faithful even when we are not. The writer of Hebrews states this very thing, “Let us hold fast the confession of hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).
Second, faithfulness to God should motivate us to be faithful to ourselves. By this, our character of faithfulness is reflected in keeping our promises to God; to our spouse; to our family; to ourselves. For so says the Bible, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.” (Proverbs 12:22).
And finally, faithfulness/trustworthiness will allow one to maintain healthy relationships with other people. Why - you ask - because your character as perceived by others reflects trustworthiness in all that you say, do and live!
Again Solomon writes,”Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.” (Proverbs 12:19).
The legacy of honesty lives because character is such that all may know that word is true.
Character counts. Make it count in your life.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. email@example.com