The word unfaithful has a negative connotation in our society, and for good reason. When I hear the word unfaithful I think of an unfaithful spouse that broke a marriage vow; I also think of an unfaithful parent that continually breaks promises to children. The word also brings to mind the unfaithfulness of a friend, the ones who stab us in the back and betray our trust.
Wives unfaithful to their husbands.
Fathers unfaithful to the children.
Friends unfaithful to friends.
How many times does a person have to be unfaithful to us before we stop trusting them? Usually just once.
If you have been let down by someone’s unfaithfulness, then you will probably like the first three words of 1 Corinthians 1:9—“God is faithful.”
God is faithful. He will never cheat, make excuses, or stab in the back. He will faithfully be who He has promised to be, and He will not go back on His word. He has promised to forgive us as often as we repent, and He will be faithful to do so. He promises an unconditional love, and He will faithfully love us. He has promised a home in heaven to all who call Him Lord, and He will not let us down.
God is faithful. But that verse continues: “who has called us into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” He is faithful and He has invited us into a relationship with Himself.
Maybe you once had a relationship with God but you are not as close as you once were. Guess which one of you was unfaithful.
For many of us, if someone lets us down we are not too quick to welcome them back. If you have walked away from God then He has felt the sting of your unfaithfulness, but He will gladly welcome you back the second you call out to Him in repentance.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9