WHO IS A FAITHFUL MAN?
"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness:
but a faithful man who can find?"
A FAITHFUL PERSON is trustworthy and reliable. Some people make faithfulness a hallmark of their human relationships, but the faithfulness that matters most is the faithfulness we show towards God.
God is faithful. He does what He promises to do. Moreover, because God is faithful, we dare have courage to trust Him and His promises. "He is faithful that promised" (Heb. 10:23). "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens: and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds" (Psa. 36:5). "Thy faithfulness is unto all generations..."--Psa. 119:90
If we are full of faith we will believe God's word and expect Him to fulfill His promises. That means we will actually live according to what we think. We judge that God, who delivered His word, is faithful (Heb. 11:11). Therefore, we commit ourselves to our heavenly Father in spite of unfair or evil circumstances. We do God's will the best we can because we trust our faithful Creator to set all things right in His time and way. "Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right."--1 Pet. 4:19 NASB
We find strength to be faithful to God because God is faithful in dealing with us.
A Fruit of the Spirit
Faithfulness is one characteristic of what the Apostle Paul calls the "fruit" of holy spirit. Paul refers to various qualities as a singular fruit because there is only one spirit which exercises a unified and consistent effect upon believers in Jesus Christ. The spirit works similarly in believers of every sort, at various times, even though each believer's individual life may be unique and their circumstances unparalleled. What is the effect of holy spirit in believers? God's spirit always works to transform those who are begotten by it so that they progressively and characteristically behave more like God.
The holy spirit works on our heart and on our mind to reveal how much better it is when we do what God would do or say what God would say. By practice over time we develop characteristics, we routinely behave as God would behave. Not because we should, or must, but because we choose to, we prefer to, because it is in our character to do so.
Faithfulness is one of those god-like traits. God is faithful, and we appreciate the effect His faithfulness has on us: we can rely upon Him. Because we appreciate reliability in others we begin trying to be more reliable ourselves. Reliability gradually becomes one of our characteristics. What was unrighteousness in us gradually becomes God's righteousness in us. It is this growth, or maturation, process that the New Testament elsewhere describes as our "new creature," our new way of thinking, living, and being god-like.