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Most of us really never ponder on what faithfulness is. But the Hebrew idea of faithfulness explains that it is an action which demonstrates firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, and steadiness. Why do Christians need to learn faithfulness? Without it we fail to be loyal, or committed, in our walks with G-d. Faithfulness is a character trait we all need more of. Here’s something to meditate on. 

Believers are called to faithfulness 

1Co 4:2 Moreover, it is sought in mefak’kechim (stewards) that one be found that has ne'emanut (faithfulness). 

G-d guards the faithful Psa 31:23   Oh’ love Adonai (the Lord), all ye His Chasidim (pious); for Adonai (the Lord) preserves the emunim (the faithful ones), but He pays back in full the oseh ga'avah (the ones acting in pride, haughtily).

At some time or another we encounter others or even ourselves falling prey to being hypocritical. But what exactly is a hypocrite? The definition of the word means, “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. A person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements”.On this note Yeshua (Jesus) made mention on how his followers are to behave. We are not to act like the world, being one way one minute and pretending to being another way the next especially in front of G-d and others. We are not to make false impressions about who we are or judge others for how they are when inwardly we really can be no better. Let’s be careful about falling into hypocrisy. Here’s something to meditate on. 

Hypocrisy blinds us from seeing the truth about ourselves

Mat 7:3  And why do you see the speck in the eye of your Ach b’Mashiach (brother in Messiah), but you do not consider the beam in your own eye.4  Or how will you say to your Ach b’Mashiach (brother in Messiah), Let me take the speck out from your eye! And, hinei! (behold) The beam is in your own eye! 5 Tze’vua (hypocrite), first take the beam out of your eye, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the speck from the eye of your Ach b’Mashiach (brother in Messiah).

In dealing with making oaths, vowels, or promising to do something, and not fulfilling it according to Yeshua (Jesus) is some what of an offence against G-d. Yeshua said these words “let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Whatever is more than these are of the evil one”.  Whenever we give our word to anyone we must always remember to either fulfill what we say, or not say it at all. Our word is our bond. If we say yes we will do this or promise we will do that, then we are committing ourselves to do just that. If we fail to keep what we say we are breaking G-ds word and in a way this is counted the same as lying before G-d. Yes means yes, no means no! Whatever is more than these are of the evil one. Here’s something to mediate on.

Remember that committing our word to someone is serious business

Mat 5:33  Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto ADONAI thine oaths:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is the Throne of Elohim.35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Yerushalaym; for it is the city of the great King.36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one Air white or black.37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 

 Be careful not to make promises you can’t keep or won’t keep

Jas 5:12  But, above all, my Achim b'Mashiach, (brothers in Messiah) do not swear shevuot (oaths) neither by Shamayim (heaven) nor by ha'aretz (earth) nor any other shevu'ah (oath), but let your "ken"(yes) be "ken," and your "lo"(no) be "lo," for fear that you fall under Ha Din (the Judgment).

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