Over the past few weeks, we have walked through a selection of virtues from one of my favorites verses. Today, we are going to tackle the virtue of faithfulness.
Merriam Webster Definitions and Synonyms of Faithful
- having or showing true and constant support or loyalty
- firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty
- steadfast in affection or allegiance
- constant, dedicated, devoted, devout, loyal, steadfast
Greek and Hebrew words for Faithfulness
The ancient Greek word for faithfulness is pistis. In the context in which it was used by Paul in Galatians 5:22, the meaning of faithfulness connoted reliability, dependability and trustworthiness. Pistis can also refer to faith (as in a doctrine or religious belief) and God’s faithfulness towards us. The Hebrew word for faithfulness is bittachon which connotes a sense of trust, safety and security.
Favorite Verses on Faithfulness
- “Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, extend to the skies, and Your faithfulness to the clouds”. Psalm 36: 5
- “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart“. Proverbs 3:3
Final thoughts on Faithfulness
I really enjoyed researching the concept of faithfulness because it encompasses such a vast entity of human relationships as well as our relationship with God. What I learned from studying this topic is that God’s faithfulness towards us (as demonstrated by his compassion, mercy, forgiveness, blessings, love and grace) is something to be emulated by us in our interactions with other people. There are so many ways to demonstrate faithfulness through our loyalty, integrity, trustworthiness, reliability and dependability.