I love the words “faithful” and “faithfulness”.

In the Bible, they mean to have lasting loyalty and trustworthiness in relationships, keeping one’s promises, and being true to one’s commitments. David often spoke of God’s faithfulness to him in love and protection—a promise he kept again and again.

But what does faithfulness look like in practical terms for us?

One simple yet profound answer is that faithful people listen well to friends and family.

A study published recently indicated that faithful people pay close attention, track conversations, and provide supportive feedback with people closest to them. The clincher was that “faithfulness” was defined as being loyal, dependable, committed, and true to our promises—a biblical definition.

But is it all up to us to “be faithful”? That sounds like hard work.

In I Thessalonians Paul encourages his audience through a benediction that indicates that making us faithfully holy is God’s role.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Isn’t that encouraging? Paul calls on God to make us holy (sanctified) and to do so through and through our spirit, soul, and body. Do you think holy people are faithful?

Dear God, Thank you for your faithfulness to us through unending love and grace. We can rely on you working your way in us through your Spirit to live faithfully to you and loved ones. May we answer your call each day knowing you empower us to be dependably true.

Throughout this Day: Consider how you can be dependable and true toward people around you. Maybe that means following through on a promise or having an important conversation where you listen well. For sure, tell someone you are committed to them for the long-haul and make their day!

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