Plain Talk 4-6

By Frank Risper

Let me ask you a question. Are you faithful? Are you? I am not just talking about you being with just one person in the physical sense. I am talking about a deeper commitment. More of a spiritual level of faithfulness. Let us first take a look at the meaning of faithful.
   The word in the dictionary means: true or trustworthy in the performance of duty, the fulfillment of promises or obligations, someone worthy of belief or confidence, loyal, devoted, staunch and steadfast. Are you seeing yourself as a faithful person based on the dictionary’s description? A person who is compelled to fulfill a pledge or obligation through strong affection or moral fervor is faithful.
    A loyal person may be no less unswerving, but their allegiance is more deliberately given: a loyal follower of someone like a king. "Devoted, stresses personal attachment", which may be directed toward another person. But I am focusing on faithfulness right now. Now let us look at what God to has say about the faithful. In Psalms 101:6 in the King James Bible, God says, "Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land that they may dwell with me. He walketh in a perfect way he shall serve me."
    So God is saying that being faithful is a good thing to be. So again I ask, are you faithful? Faithful to your husband, your wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, to your friend? To your job, your co-workers, or your family? Are you faithful to your self? Your God? To me, to be faithful means being true in every sense.
    For example, when you and you partner share that special time together, your body is there, but where is your mind? There is more than one way to be unfaithful to your partner. In your mind are they the one there with you in the bedroom? Your friends, are you true to them? When they are not around to stand up for themselves, do you stand up for them? Or do you keep your mouth shut and let other people speak ill of them? Are you faithful? Have you made promises to your children and failed to keep them?
   As I write these words, I am talking to myself also. I am not your judge, nor am I perfect. I see no reason why we can not grow together. We need to start being true to ourselves. Being upstanding in the eyes of God should be our main goal in life.
     If we do that, every thing else will fall into place for us. Your job, how much money you make, or how smart you are not important at all to God or me. Personally I will take God’s wisdom over what man considers smarts any day.   
     In Proverbs 1: 7 it states, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Everything starts with God. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. And He is FAITHFUL. Remember to keep the faith, trust in God only, and work toward a pure heart.  God will be pleased.