[faithfulness]


What does it mean to be faithful? Does anyone know? Let us find out…Again, thank you Webster!

Main Entry: 1faith·ful
Pronunciation: \ˈfāth-fəl\
Function: adjective
Date: 14th century
1 obsolete : full of faith
2 : steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal
3 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
4 : given with strong assurance : binding
5 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original
— faith·ful·ly  \-fə-lē\ adverb
— faith·ful·ness noun
synonyms– faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, Steadfast, resolute
FAITHFUL implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted .
LOYAL implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray . constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows .
STAUNCH suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it
STEADFAST implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction .
RESOLUTE implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose.

Whoa, that’s a mouthful! Let’s take it apart in sections.
1: obsolete, full of faith
No questions here. Let’s look at the next one.
2: steadfast in affections or allegiance: loyal
So….to be faithful can also mean loyal, or steadfast…you won’t give up on something or someone–you’ll keep strong.
3 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
Okay, so when you are faithful to a promise or a duty you’ll do it, but it also says “conscientious.” This word means you watch your conscience to tell you what to do, and I guess it tells you to be firm and faithful.
4 : given with strong assurance : binding
Once again, promises. What this says is when you promise, you assure it will be done, and you bind yourself to it.
5 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original
Cool! So when you are faithful in creating a statue it is faithful to the facts and to the original copy or person.

So we’ve gone through the definitions, now let’s look at those synonyms at the bottom.

FAITHFUL implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted .
So this is another definition of faithful– it implies that you won’t break an oath or promise to someone, to put it in small words.
LOYAL implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray . constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows.
Loyal! Once again, you are loyal to people and promises, and–lookie here! “loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert” So, being faithful also means you will resist the temptation to back out on someone.
STAUNCH suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it.
Hohkay, here’s a toughie. So….I guess staunch means…maybe again, that you won’t back down on something you believe in. Also like a faithful defender. Wait…faithful! Faithful also means that!
STEADFAST implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction.
So again here we are not giving up in love and allegiance, unwavering, which means all our attention is faithful to it.
RESOLUTE implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose.
So…if you are resolute, you have a firm determination to a cause. You are firm in your beliefs in that cause.

So, I think we all get the point…Faithfulness is quite the virtue! The Bible says: “O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Psalm 31:23 (KJV)
So if you are faithful, God will preserve you and take care of you forever. And also, God is faithful to us as well–always by our side.

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