I was asked a question the other day, “What is the difference between faith and faithfulness?” My response was simply, “Faith leads to faithfulness.” In wanting to flesh that out a bit, let’s take a look at some scriptures to support such claim.
First let’s define terms: Faith (pistis) faith, belief, trust. Faithfulness (root word pistis) faith, belief, trust. Ah, you see they come from the same Greek word. For fun, let’s look at the English definition of both: Faith– 1.confidence or trust in a person or thing 2. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Faithfulness– 1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty 2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
So I think it can be safe to say that faith brings about faithfulness. If you did not have faith in something then you would not be faithful to it (whatever it is). For example, I am faithful to my wife because I love her and I have faith or trust in our marriage. One begets the other.
Okay Jesse, where is the Bible proof stuff you talked about earlier. Okay here is a few verses. I am going to allow you to read them and use your mind to follow my train of thought.
So here we go (read these in order and open up your bible): John 9:35-38–> John 14:15, 23-24 –> John 15:1-11 –> 2 Peter 1:1-11–> 1 John 1:5-10–> Galatians 5:16-25.
Okay, so that was not exhaustive and I didn’t intend it to be, I wanted you to read them. If you read these verses you understand that faith or love in Jesus demands action and if you did not see it in the following verses, go read James 2:14-26. Faith and works (faithfulness) go hand in hand, One cannot say they have faith in God and no tkeep the word which Christ has asked us to keep. As James would say, Faith without works (faithfulness) is dead or useless.
Last verse, I will give you this one:
1 John 3:4-8 “3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” ESV.
Faithfulness is summed up in Ephesians 5:10, finding out what is pleasing to the Lord and doing it! You cannot separate faith and faithfulness. “Without faith it is impossible to please God”(Hebrews 11:6).