‘But you promised!’
How many times, as parents, have we heard those words? Our memory of our promises often isn’t as acute as our kids’ memories, and they can be deeply disappointed when we forget. All children crave promise keeping from the significant adults in their lives. They want to trust that we will do what we say.
I’m glad God doesn’t forget His promises. He keeps His Word. When He makes a promise, He will deliver. Faithfulness, one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), is a biblical word describing those who keep their promises. It does not mean ‘full of faith,’ but rather ‘worthy of faith.’ Faithfulness says, ‘I will keep my word. I will not fail you. I won’t quit on you.’ Faithfulness is the glue that keeps our actions adhering to our promises.
The faithfulness of God is foundational to our faith: If we can’t trust what He says in the Bible, we have no reason to believe. If He doesn’t keep His Word, then our salvation is shaky and our hope is empty. But if God does fulfill His promises, then our faith is meaningful and our eternal destiny is secure.
Faithfulness is foundational to a happy, God-honoring home as well. Promising ice cream and then forgetting, threatening punishment and not following through, or singing ‘I Love You, Lord’ in church and forgetting Him through the week all affect our children and can undermine trust. Children who have to deal with continual broken promises may find it difficult to trust the significant people in their lives — including God.
Practice faithfulness, though, and you will provide stability, security and confidence for your children. You will reflect God to them. And you will instill in them the importance of being true to their word.
When your children develop faithful hearts, they will stay in a close walk with God; they will also find more success in their schoolwork, their friendships, their marriage and their career.
Remember: Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, empowered by God. So pray for it. Model it. Teach it. Celebrate it.
On this page, you will find age-appropriate activities and discussions to help you do just that.
•God is faithful; He keeps His promises.
•Faithfulness says, ‘I will keep my word. I won’t fail you.’
•Faithfulness is essential for a happy home and godly living.
Family Memory Verse:
‘Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.’
For a more in-depth look at faithfulness, read these Bible passages:
•1 Corinthians 1:9
•1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
•1 John 1:9
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