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Faithfulness! (10 of 13)
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
INTRO: The quality of "faithfulness" is the main structural support that holds up every institution God has created and is an integral part of a healthy civilization!
Faithfulness in our political system is a must for it to be healthy and beneficial ... when unfaithfulness manifests itself in any system all kinds of ills will show up!
Marriage cannot exist without faithfulness a part of its main structure ... it is a pledge and commitment we make to the one we love.
Even the business sector has discovered the usefulness of having employees being faithful to their particular job area ... one of the things that have made the Japanese business system work so well.
No pain is greater than the loss of faithfulness ... whether in politics or in institutions; especially marriage and friendships! Unfortunately the world's values don't always put a high priority on faithfulness, even when they say they do, they often practice "loopholes."
ILLUS: A college man walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend. He wanted the picture duplicated. This involved removing it from the frame. In doing this, the studio owner noticed the inscription on the back of the photograph: "My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for all eternity." It was signed "Diane," and it contained a P.S.: "If we ever break up, I want this picture back."
We who have been baptized have professed our love for God and for others. We belong to Christ. There can be no P.S. in our life given to God. We can never break up with Him. We are His. We belong to Him--forever. -- Charles Krieg -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) pp. 97-98.
FAITHFULNESS is one of the most critical factors in being a Christian ... without this quality demonstrate ...
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