READ : 2 Timothy 2:8-13
If we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself. (v. 13)
I love the motto of the United States Marine Corps: Semper Fidelis, “Always Faithful.” Marines often shorten it to “Semper Fi” and use it among themselves as a greeting or farewell. I know of one young Christian officer whose email address is “Semper-Fi-God-Is.” That is a great truth, a trustworthy saying. God is always faithful. Even when we’re not.
The apostle issues a warning: “If we deny him, he will deny us.” Those words should make us tremble, and pray for faithfulness for ourselves. Jesus cautioned his followers that if they denied him on earth, he would deny them in heaven (see Matthew 10:33, Luke 12:9).
But when you stumble in your walk of faith (as we all do), don’t despair. Remember Peter. Three times he denied even knowing the Lord Jesus, the last time emphasizing it with curses. But when the rooster crowed Peter’s conscience was awakened, and he repented with tears. And the Lord restored him.
Even when we are faithless he remains faithful to himself, to his own gracious and merciful nature. So we never lose hope. If we fall, we can always get back up and start following Jesus once more.
He will receive us. He is always faithful, you can be sure of it.
Lord, keep me always faithful to you, as you are to me.