Basic dictionary definition? “The quality or state of being faithful.”
To one’s husband, wife, to God, to and with whomever, how important do you think fidelity really is?
This term has been a blessing and a haunt to me personally and in history for it has often been tragically and sometimes brutally set aside, ignored, lost in the rear-view mirror -and I’d be lying to say such is not also applicable to those of us who claim to be faithful to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
What comes to mind is one of the most brutal things Paul ever said: “For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.” The Message (MSG) Version renders it “Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus.” -Philipians 2.21
Every thought that parts from Him, His nature/character, His Word demonstrates our individual and at times corporate ability to be infidels.
Perhaps a few synonyms followed by antonyms for this old, largely out-of-use word will help us understand it’s importance in human-to-human and human-Divine relationships…
“FIDELITY” Synonyms: allegiance, commitment, constancy, dedication, devotedness, devotion, faith, faithfulness, piety, steadfastness
Antonyms to “FIDELITY”: faithlessness, falseness, falsity, inconstancy, treachery, unfaithfulness, infidelity
A friend who happens to lean very much into Buddhism recently quoted Jesus’ comment about looking upon a woman lustfully being as if one had commited the act. Yes, Jesus did say that and meant it. Fidelity begins with the mind, engages the will and in various ways and levels is indeed acted upon by and eventually in God’s judgment.
Who among humans has not fallen at least mentally/emotionally to temptations of lust of the eyes, the flesh, pride? “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” To believe one does not need The Redeemer is in itself a belief, indeed a matter of faith -but not one I can hold with any sense of fidelity!
So who do we trust? Who is trustworthy -eternally? In terms of sinless perfection, nobody I know but Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile He calls me to trust Him and that above myself. Knowing myself as I do, that’s far and away easier than to trust I am God! How’s that for an understatement?!! 🙂
Consider yourself as well as your heroes in the light of true fidelity. What that reveals about yourself as well as them may well light an eternal fire.
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn