Guest post by etiquette expert, Robin Glover and author of Dressing the Heart: A Parent's Guide to Everyday Etiquette (Volume 1)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11: 6-7
The Bible clearly presents the characteristic of faith and faithfulness as being of utmost worth and importance to God. Faith, according to the word of God, is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen. This is a model and type for our whole life as Christians. We who are saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone, are to live lives that are characterized by faithfulness. Faith does not give up. Faith hopes and holds on. Faith looks to God the Author and Finisher of our faith for direction and salvation–not only unto eternal life–but daily.
Listen to Jeremiah’s observance in the book of Lamentations, he writes,
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
This Scripture passage again clarifies the importance of faithfulness to the people of God. Faithfulness is an attribute of God. Godly character will long to emulate our heavenly Father’s commitment to His Word and promises. The faithful person is reliable,consistent,trustworthy and one who lives out his or her convictions.
Ways to Teach Faithfulness
Scriptures about Faithfulness
As parents perhaps one of our sincerest desires is to know and see that our children are walking with the Lord. Faithfulness is a character trait upon which you and your family will be able to build a firm foundation of faithful and righteous (through Christ) hearts, which will then manifest itself in a life of obedience to the will of God in all things. Remember that the Scriptures teach ‘As a man thinketh, so he is.’ Our character is always a heart issue. Transform the heart and the behavior will follow. Here are some principles to discuss as you shepherd your child into a lifestyle of faithfulness to God, to you, to his/her family members, teachers and friends.