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Faithfulness : [ < Latin fides < assumed Indo-European bheidh- (to trust, have faith in, abide in)] The quality of being faithful. The word 'faithful' means loyal, full of faith or trust; firmly and resolutely sticking with a person, group, cause, belief, or idea, without waver.
Other words in the word-field of 'faithful' include true, constant, loyal, steadfast, devoted, staunch, and trusty. Words like 'faithfulness': fidelity, loyalty. A key verbal phrase is "being true to (something/someone)"; it connects faithlessness with being a lie.
The Greek word translated as 'faithfulness' in the spiritual fruits list at Galatians 5:22 is pistis, which is at root about holding fast or steady. 'Pistis' is considered one of God's strongest personal characteristics. God is a covenant-maker, who is faithful to the Divine end of the covenant even when we don't stick to ours.
Faithfulness is shown, in the Bible:
Who was faithful, in the Bible?
Faithfulness, like other spiritual fruit in us, is also a part of God's own character -- one side of what God's all about. That means faithfulness is a part of what is meant when speaking of our being made "in the image of God". God's faithfulness is :
God is faithful:
There is no one word in ancient Hebrew that consistently corresponds with 'faithfulness'. Hebrew meaning, like English, is much determined by context. When used in parallel or context with Heb. chesed ('steadfast love', 'lovingkindness'), Heb. ’emet and sometimes ’emānâ (both meaning 'truth') refer to how true and loyal God is to the covenant people -- that is, God's faithfulness. The word Chesed itself implies faithfulness or steadfastness. This combination is very common in the Hebrew Scriptures, for example, Psalm 100:5, 2 Samuel 2:6, Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalm 40:10-11, and Hosea 2:19-20.
In 2 Timothy 2, pistos is used twice to convey the sense of secure, true faithfulness. The first use is that "The saying is sure (pistos)" -- in this case, a lyric/parallel-saying that was already in existence, which the letter's readers knew and trusted. The second use is about God's faithfulness (pistos) in the face of our faithlessness.
“You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin–to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the ring. We are horribly afraid – but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds.”
----- from J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Success certainly isn’t achievement of popularity. Success in God’s kingdom is loving God, loving one another, and being faithful to what He’s called us to do.”
----- Gabriel Wilson
“The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all.”
----- Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
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