Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. -Psalm 37:3 NASB

The words 'till death do us part' have been spoken countless times in wedding vows. They encapsulate the idea that real love is faithful. In a sense faithfulness witnesses to faith. We who proclaim faith in Jesus do so by our faithfulness to love others as he loves us. In that sense our faithfulness is simply a reflection of the love and faithfulness of God.

Interesting to note that faithfulness is, as Paul teaches in his letter to the Galatians, a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Yet, like natural fruit, this fruit requires daily cultivation. It needs to be watered and pruned by our prayers and our obedience. It grows and is strengthened each time we respond in faithfulness. It blossoms each time we trust in the Lord.

We confess that we have sinned and have been unfaithful Lord. Teach us to cultivate faithfulness.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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