The psalmist writes, "The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full" (Psalm 31:23
). Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the apostle Paul lists faithfulness as one of the fruit of the Spirit.
In fact, one of the first things we learn about God is that He is faithful. As children, we often sing the song "Jesus Loves Me," and we know He does. No matter what we have done in the past or what we will do in the future, God's love for us never changes. It is eternal, infinite, and faithful.
Far from compelling us to presume on God's faithful, unchanging love, the amazing grace of God is the catalyst for our repentance so that we are saved to new life in Christ. This new life begins the moment we are born again of the Spirit so that, through Him, we become like Jesus—faithful, the kind of friend who "sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24
). Jesus remains at our side even when others abandon us, and we should follow His example in our relationships with others. Who can you be faithful to today?