- Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
- 2001 14 Aug
Here are some ways you can strive to be more faithful:
- Consider God's faithfulness to you, and all it means in your life. Take time to thank Him for being faithful to you.
- Commit to be there for people in your life who need you - not just in happy times, but in tough times, too. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you uphold your commitments daily.
- Forgive others. The process won't be easy, but you can do it with God's help, and He expects you to do so. When problems occur in any of your relationships, don't just end them and search for new relationships. Instead, be willing to forgive and reconcile.
- Support people you know who need help. Think about your friends, and pray about each one, asking God to show you how you can best support them. Then make a list of the possibilities and devise a plan for getting started. Keep in mind that God wants your support to be in forms that help people be accountable for their own decisions. Rather than enabling them to continue wrong behavior, offer only support that helps them grow, while loving them unconditionally.
- Keep your commitments even when it's not convenient to do so. Remember that God will always help you. In prayer, confess the commitments you've made but have been careless about honoring. Ask for help to do better.
- Fulfill your responsibilities. Consider the talents God has given you, and ask Him how He would like you to invest them to best support His work on earth. List ideas, and plan ways to implement them.
- Know that God and other people will reward your faithfulness.
Adapted from Faithfulness: The Foundation of True Friendship from the Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies, copyright 2001 by Jacalyn Eyre. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.BibleStudyGuides.com, 1-800-727-3480.
Jacalyn Eyre is co-author with her husband, Stephen, of the LifeGuide publication Matthew: Being Discipled by Jesus and is a contributor to the NIV Serendipity Bible for Study Groups. She and her husband live in Ohio.