Proverbs 20:6—”Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?”
It is easy for anyone to declare themselves as faithful, reliable, or loyal. But will it tally if we ask around from people in proximity or those who interact on a daily basis? Typically, it is hard to find those that have done, and will do more good than they speak, or care to hear spoken of. It is very easy to say something in one breath. Living up to it is the important part.
To be a faithful or reliable person, we must be: consistent in our behaviour and communication, thoughtful in our awareness of others’ feelings, able to open oneself during vulnerable times.
We have a God who sets an example for us as a role model. The Bibles tells us:
– (Colossians 4:6—”Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”)
We are a melting pot of different backgrounds, upbringing, and beliefs. What types of words do you use? Everyone likes to be valued, to be accepted, to be encouraged. Are you weaving these words into difficult conversations with undertones of love?
– (Isaiah 55:7—…Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.)
As Christians, it is our duty to continuously chase after others and show them the love of God, even if the others turn from us. Yes, it won’t be a bed of roses. Difficult as it may be, we need to mete out forgiveness and mercy. Do you forgive generously?
-(Proverbs 12:16– A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.)
(Proverbs 15:1—A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.)
If you want to speak gently, you need to put in forethought and care. Harsh words come easy along with our emotion. But harsh words are difficult to receive. Gentle answers provide validation, empathy, and love and make a great impact on the receiver of the words. This skill of speaking gently doesn’t happen overnight. On the contrary, it is one skill that is learned only over time since it doesn’t come easy and needs practise.
(Luke 16:10-He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.)
When we follow some of these things, we can ensure a status of reliable or faithful friend. If we are faithful to God, we will be faithful to man too. All we need to rely on is our God. With faith in God, we will seek God more in our lives, seek righteousness, seek to please God. How then can we go wrong?
Deuteronomy 7:9-“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;