The Fuel of Faithfulness is Constancy

We need not look too distant to see a parallel between the lack of constancy of Abraham in his belief in God’s promises to him and our moral obligations, as far as upholding or living out continuously a life conducive to the values of faith in Christ, if we identify ourselves to be Christian or Christ-like as Abraham himself wanted to believe that he had the greatest of confidence in God, even though time after time he would display a lack of perfection in his trust in God.

As disciples of Christ, the idea here is not to simply continually dispose to live a moral Christian life but to be continuously faithful if that moral Christian way of life. For to be continual objectively speaking signifies to maintain a continuum but with broken patterns. However, to be continuous is to maintain a continuum, but uninterruptedly by broken patterns; that is, unremittingly, unyieldingly or purely proceeding with purpose, fixed toward an objective hope; thereby the believer is then genuine or authentic indeed. In other words, to be continual in the faith, one tends to live a form of Christian life that is intercepted or interrupted by sets of patterns; meaning, one period of his or her life will reflect moral determination to live out a life of Gospel values and at another epoch, he or she likely to become lukewarm and complacent in his or her belief.  However, the term continuous refers to a type of Christian living that is unyielding, which is rather fueled with a spirit of single-mindedness or being single-hearted and committed at whatever course to remain faithfully obedient to his or her vocation that is oriented or focused on Christ in season and out of season. St Paul, for example, tells us to pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, all circumstances, good or bad without exception. I once read from an article that virtue is no virtue if we think we can take a break from the practice every now and then, especially when we encounter an expected trial in life where we often compromise our values for the sake of conveniences or even to salvage our very lives at times. It seems that our Blessed Lord shares St Paul’s position concerning constancy; whereby, he does not at all approve of a lukewarm, complacent, or a feeble coward-ness disposition. For He says in Matthew’s Gospel, that “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful…[since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away].  Living true Christian life insists on the practice of morality; morality is a habitual way of living appropriately. There is no room to take a break from that, lest one succumbs to immoral behavior.

 

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