GALATIANS 5: 22, 23
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JESUS CHRIST said, "He who is faithful in what is least is
faithful also in much..." He then added one of His most pointed
comments: "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will
hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the
one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon"
(Luke 16: 10 & 13).
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps have as their motto that which
is becoming of followers of Christ. Their motto:
"Semper Fe," means "always faithful."
Having trained together and sharing a mutual goal they bond
themselves to the corps and one another with a pledge to always
Do you approach your calling as a Christian with less
commitment? Are you perpetually making excuses for yourself? Do
you allow yourself liberties our Lord never intended?
In Galatians 5: 23, "faithfulness" is listed among the fruit of
the Spirit. That is, in the Spirit filled believer's life one
characteristic is faithfulness. The Greek word translated
"faithfulness" is PISTIS, meaning "the character of one who can
be relied on." It means we are obedient to God and loyal to our
associates. That is the fruit of the Spirit.
The text does not say "fruits," plural, but "fruit." These are
not nine separate virtues we are to seek to develop. They
constitute one body of excellence that are the natural product
of the Spirit-filled life. They are not some things we do,
theyare what we are.
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