Matthew 1:19 says, Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. In Bible times the term husband was used when a couple were engaged as well as when they were married. They did not live together until they were married though. Under the law, Joseph had every right to have Mary stoned for adultery because it was considered be a heinous crime in New Testament times. Instead, he was gracious and decided to divorce her quietly. Joseph was faithful to Mary. He didn't want to cause her disgrace, even though it appeared like she had been unfaithful to him.
Joseph was also faithful to God and obeyed the angel when he instructed him to go ahead and marry Mary. He was also faithful in taking his family to the Passover Feast each year.
The Hebrew root word for faithful means to 'trust (a person),' or 'to believe (a statement).' * Galatians 5:22-23 lists faithfulness as one of the fruits of the spirit. But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Would you say that you are a faithful person? Do you trust God? Can people trust you?
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