Today, the campers learned about Faithfulness.
HoneyBee began by asking us if we’ve ever felt like we had to prove that we were trustworthy to someone we did wrong to. She explained a situation in her life when she had migraines for a couple of months.
Let’s look at what the word “abide” means: To continue in a place, to remain, to continue to be present. Wherever you are abiding, that place is going to influence you. HoneyBee said she was frustrated with the Lord which is why she abided spending time elsewhere. Nothing that she was abiding in really seemed bad.
But, we see the repercussions of this in Galatians 5:9. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (NIV) The “yeast” in HoneyBee’s life was her not taking the time to abide in time with God. Therefore, it left HoneyBee still feeling hopeless during a time of suffering. She felt guilty because she realized how little time she had spent with God. She began to feel like she had to earn back His fruit of His Spirit towards her. But, she didn’t have the control to determine whether or not she received the fruit of the spirit. You get the fruits of the spirit by abiding and walking in life with God.
John 15:4-6 says “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers.”
We can freely love in joy and peace. We can have patience along with kindness and faithfulness. We can reflect the goodness of God while being gentle in operating with self-control. For those who follow Him and live in the Spirit, these characteristics or fruits are a gift from God. As we grow in faith, we find that we belong to God and can walk daily in the Spirit. As free people, the spirit gives us the characteristics of Jesus: The Lord is faithful to us even when we feel unfaithful.