Category Archives: Dependability

Quotes on Dependability

  • It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t – Martin Van Buren
  • Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily – Francis de Sales
  • Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way – Booker T. Washington
  • Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my little apple tree and pay my debts. – Martin Luther

Personal Evaluation – How Dependable Are You?

  • When you give your word to do something, can others always count on you to do it, even if it is more difficult than you expected?
  • When you experience unexpected difficulties, do you use them as excuses for not finishing a task?
  • Can your service providers depend on you to pay your bills promptly?
  • Can members of your family count on you to turn down other opportunities in order to be with them for special events?
  • Can the Lord depend on you to make the wisest use of the resources He has entrusted to you?
  • Do you graciously but firmly decline invitations that will distract you from carrying out your responsibilities?

Characteristics of Dependability

  • A dependable person will be in harmony with the heart and mind of God – 1 Samuel 2:35
  • A dependable person has a great reverence for God – Nehemiah 7:2
  • A dependable person is faithful in little things as well as big things – Luke 16:10
  • A dependable person has a heart attitude of faithfulness – Nehemiah 9:8
  • A dependable person keeps confidential information private – Proverbs 11:13
  • A dependable person communicates energy and health – Proverbs 13:17
  • A dependable person is truthful in all that he says – Proverbs 14:5
  • A dependable person will not tell people how good he is – Proverbs 20:6
  • A dependable person encourages those whom he serves – Proverbs 25:13
  • A dependable person is faultless in his work – Daniel 6:4
  • A dependable person deals wisely with resources and relationships – Luke 16:1-15

The Power for True Success

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

On a dark, stormy, night, when the waves rolled like mountains, and not a star was to be seen, a boat, rocking and plunging, neared the Cleveland harbor. “Are you sure this is Cleveland?” asked the captain, seeing only one light from the light-house.

“Quite sure, sir,” replied the pilot.
“Where are the lower lights?”
“Gone out, sir.”
“Can you make the harbor?”
“We must, or perish, sir!”
And with a strong hand and a brave heart, the old pilot turned the wheel. But alas, in the darkness he missed the channel, and with a crash upon the rocks the boat was shivered, and many a life lost in a watery grave. Brethren, the Master will take care of the great light-house: let us keep the lower lights burning!

D. L. Moody.

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
For to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.

Dark the night of sin has settled, loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing, for the lights, along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Eager eyes are watching, longing, for the lights, along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother, some poor sailor tempest tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor, in the darkness may be lost.
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Trying now to make the harbor, some poor sailor may be lost.

Philip P. Bliss, The Charm: A Collection of Sunday School Music (Chicago, Illinois: Root & Cady, 1871)

Things As Usual For Wesley

A lady once asked John Wesley that suppose that he were to know that he would die at 12:00 midnight tomorrow, how would he spend the intervening time. His reply: “Why, madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Glouster, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to rend Martin’s house, who expects to entertain me, talk and pray with the family as usual, retire to my room at 10 o’clock, commend my self to my Heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in Glory.”

How to Demonstrate Dependability

at Home

  • Committing to stay together even through financial difficulties and personal conflicts.
  • Parents being faithful to go to work and provide for the family.
  • Sons and daughters completing their chores every day.
  • Helping family members to avoid making commitments they cannot keep.
  • Family members fulfilling promises they made to each other.

at Work/School

  • Sons and daughters completing their homework every day.
  • Being faithful in little responsibilities as well as big ones.
  • Being punctual for each class.

at Church

  • Being an energy-giver and refusing to complain.
  • Being faithful to regular church services.
  • Giving regularly through tithes and offerings.

Character Definitions of Dependability

  • Learning to be true to your word even when it is difficult to carry out what you promised to do. Lifting pressures from those you serve by consistently fulfilling the project they assign to you (Character Clues Game)
  • Purposing in our hearts to do the will of God whatever the cost (The Power for True Success)
  • Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice (Character First!)

Bible Verses Related to Dependability

The word “dependability” does not appear in the Authorized Version; however a dependable person in Scripture is defined as one who is faithful. The words “aman” in the Hebrew and “pistos” in the Greek are used to describe this important character quality.

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month.


0539 Nma ‘aman aw-man’

a primitive root; TWOT-116; v

AV-believe 44, assurance 1, faithful 20, sure 11, established 7, trust 5, verified 3, stedfast 2, continuance 2, father 2, bring up 4, nurse 2, be nursed 1, surely be 1, stand fast 1, fail 1, trusty 1; 108

1) to support, confirm, be faithful

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to support, confirm, be faithful, uphold, nourish

1a1a) foster-father (subst.)

1a1b) foster-mother, nurse

1a1c) pillars, supporters of the door

1b) (Niphal)

1b1) to be established, be faithful, be carried, make firm

1b1a) to be carried by a nurse

1b1b) made firm, sure, lasting

1b1c) confirmed, established, sure

1b1d) verified, confirmed

1b1e) reliable, faithful, trusty

1c) (Hiphil)

1c1) to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in

1c1a) stand firm

1c1b) trust, believe

  • Genesis 15:6 And he believed <0539> in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
  • Genesis 42:20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified <0539>, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
  • Genesis 45:26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed <0539> them not. {Jacob’s: Heb. his}
  • Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe <0539> me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
  • Exodus 4:5 That they may believe <0539> that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
  • Exodus 4:8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe <0539> thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe <0539> the voice of the latter sign.
  • Exodus 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe <0539> also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land{shall become: Heb. shall be and shall be}
  • Exodus 4:31 And the people believed <0539>: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
  • Exodus 14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed <0539> the LORD, and his servant Moses. {work: Heb. hand}
  • Exodus 19:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe <0539>thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.
  • Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father <0539>beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?
  • Numbers 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful <0539> in all mine house.
  • Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe <0539> me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
  • Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed <0539> me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
  • Deuteronomy 1:32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe <0539> the LORD your God,
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful <0539> God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
  • Deuteronomy 9:23 Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed <0539> him not, nor hearkened to his voice.
  • Deuteronomy 28:59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance <0539>, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance <0539>.
  • Deuteronomy 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance <0539> of thy life:
  • Judges 11:20 But Sihon trusted <0539> not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
  • Ruth 4:16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse <0539> unto it.
  • 1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful <0539> priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure<0539> house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
  • 1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established <0539> to be a prophet of the LORD. {established: or, faithful}
  • 1 Samuel 22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful <0539> among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?
  • 1 Samuel 25:28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure <0539> house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
  • 1 Samuel 27:12 And Achish believed <0539> David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.{utterly…: Heb. to stink}
  • 2 Samuel 4:4 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse <0539> took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name wasMephibosheth. {Mephibosheth: or, Meribbaal}
  • 2 Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established <0539> for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
  • 2 Samuel 20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful <0539> in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
  • 1 Kings 8:26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified <0539>, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
  • 1 Kings 10:7 Howbeit I believed <0539> not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. {thy…: Heb. thou hast added wisdom and goodness to}
  • 1 Kings 11:38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure <0539> house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
  • 2 Kings 10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up <0539> Ahab’s children, saying, {them…: Heb. nourishers}
  • 2 Kings 10:5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up <0539> of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.
  • 2 Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe <0539> in the LORD their God.
  • 1 Chronicles 17:23 Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established <0539> for ever, and do as thou hast said.
  • 1 Chronicles 17:24 Let it even be established <0539>, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.
  • 2 Chronicles 1:9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established <0539>: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. {like…: Heb. much as the dust of the earth}
  • 2 Chronicles 6:17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified <0539>, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
  • 2 Chronicles 9:6 Howbeit I believed <0539> not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.
  • 2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe <0539> in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established <0539>; believe <0539> his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
  • 2 Chronicles 32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe <0539> him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
  • Nehemiah 9:8 And foundest his heart faithful <0539> before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
  • Nehemiah 13:13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them wasHanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful <0539>, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren. {treasuries: or, storehouses} {next…: Heb. at their hand} {their office…: Heb. it was upon them}
  • Esther 2:7 And he brought up <0539> Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. {brought…: Heb. nourished} {fair…: Heb. fair of form, and good of countenance}
  • Job 4:18 Behold, he put no trust <0539> in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: {and his…: or, nor in his angels, in whom he put light}
  • Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe <0539> that he had hearkened unto my voice.
  • Job 12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty <0539>, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. {speech…: Heb. lip of the faithful}
  • Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust <0539> in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
  • Job 15:22 He believeth <0539> not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
  • Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust <0539> in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
  • Job 24:22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure <0539> of life. {no…: or, he trusteth not his own life}
  • Job 29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed <0539> it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
  • Job 39:12 Wilt thou believe <0539> him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
  • Job 39:24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth <0539> he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
  • Psalms 12:1 <<To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.>> Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful <0539> fail from among the children of men. {upon…: or, upon the eighth} {Help: or, Save}
  • Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure <0539>, making wise the simple. {law: or, doctrine}{converting: or, restoring}
  • Psalms 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed <0539> to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
  • Psalms 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful <0539>, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
  • Psalms 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast <0539> with God. {that…: Heb. that prepared not their heart}
  • Psalms 78:22 Because they believed <0539> not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
  • Psalms 78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed <0539> not for his wondrous works.
  • Psalms 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast <0539> in his covenant.
  • Psalms 89:28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast <0539> with him.
  • Psalms 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful <0539> witness in heaven. Selah.
  • Psalms 93:5 Thy testimonies are very sure <0539>: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever. {for ever: Heb. to length of days}
  • Psalms 101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful <0539> of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. {in a…: or, perfect in the way}
  • Psalms 106:12 Then believed <0539> they his words; they sang his praise.
  • Psalms 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed <0539> not his word: {the pleasant…: Heb. a land of desire}
  • Psalms 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure <0539>.
  • Psalms 116:10 I believed <0539>, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
  • Psalms 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed <0539> thy commandments.
  • Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful <0539> spirit concealeth the matter. {A talebearer: Heb. He that walketh, being a talebearer}
  • Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth <0539> every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
  • Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful <0539> messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
  • Proverbs 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe <0539> him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. {speaketh…: Heb. maketh his voice gracious}
  • Proverbs 27:6 Faithful <0539> are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. {deceitful: or, earnest, or, frequent}
  • Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful <0539> city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
  • Isaiah 1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful <0539> city.
  • Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe <0539>, surely ye shall not be established<0539>. {If…: or, Do ye not believe? it is because ye are not stable}
  • Isaiah 8:2 And I took unto me faithful <0539> witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
  • Isaiah 22:23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure <0539> place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
  • Isaiah 22:25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure <0539> place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth <0539> shall not make haste.
  • Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure <0539>. {high: Heb. heights, or, high places}
  • Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe <0539> me, and understand that I amhe: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. {no…: or, nothing formed of God}
  • Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful <0539>, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. {whom man…: or, that is despised in soul}

4103 pistov pistos pis-tos’

from 3982; TDNT-6:174,849; adj

AV-faithful 53, believe 6, believing 2, true 2, faithfully 1, believer 1, sure 1; not tr 1; 67

1) trusty, faithful

1a) of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties

1b) one who kept his plighted faith, worthy of trust

1c) that can be relied on

2) easily persuaded

2a) believing, confiding, trusting

2b) in the NT one who trusts in God’s promises

2b1) one who is convinced that Jesus has been raised from the dead

2b2) one who has become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and author of salvation

  • Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful <4103> and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
  • Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful <4103> servant: thou hast been faithful <4103> over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
  • Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful <4103> servant; thou hast been faithful <4103> over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
  • Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful <4103> and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them theirportion of meat in due season?
  • Luke 16:10 He that is faithful <4103> in that which is least is faithful <4103> also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
  • Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful <4103> in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches{mammon: or, riches}
  • Luke 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful <4103> in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
  • Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful <4103> in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
  • John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing <4103>.
  • Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed <4103> were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • Acts 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure <4103>mercies of David. {mercies: Gr. holy, or just things: which word the Septuagint in many places, uses for that which is in the Hebrew, mercies}
  • Acts 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed <4103>; but his father was a Greek:
  • Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful <4103> to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful <4103>, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful <4103>.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful <4103> in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful <4103>.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful <4103>, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it{common…: or, moderate}
  • 2 Corinthians 1:18 But as God is true <4103>, our word toward you was not yea and nay. {word: or, preaching}
  • 2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth <4103> with an infidel?
  • Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful <4103> Abraham.
  • Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful <4103> in Christ Jesus:
  • Ephesians 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful <4103> minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
  • Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful <4103> brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Colossians 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful <4103> minister of Christ;
  • Colossians 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful <4103> minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
  • Colossians 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful <4103> and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful <4103> is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful <4103>, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
  • 1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful <4103>, putting me into the ministry;
  • 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful <4103> saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
  • 1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true <4103> saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
  • 1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful <4103> in all things.
  • 1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe<4103> and know the truth.
  • 1 Timothy 4:9 This is a faithful <4103> saying and worthy of all acceptation.
  • 1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe <4103>.
  • 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers <4103>, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  • 1 Timothy 5:16 If any man <4103> or woman that believeth <4103> have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
  • 1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing <4103> masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful <4103> and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. {faithful: or, believing}
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful <4103> men, who shall be able to teach others also. {among: or, by}
  • 2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful <4103> saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
  • 2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful <4103>: he cannot deny himself.
  • Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful <4103> children not accused of riot or unruly.
  • Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful <4103> word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.{as…: or, in teaching}
  • Titus 3:8 This is a faithful <4103> saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
  • Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful <4103> high priest in thingspertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
  • Hebrews 3:2 Who was faithful <4103> to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. {appointed: Gr. made}
  • Hebrews 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful <4103> in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
  • Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful <4103> that promised;)
  • Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful <4103> who had promised.
  • 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful <4103>Creator.
  • 1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful <4103> brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful <4103> and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • 3 John 1:5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully <4103> whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
  • Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful <4103> witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
  • Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful <4103> unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
  • Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful <4103> martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
  • Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful <4103> and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; {of the Laodiceans: or, in Laodicea}
  • Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful <4103>.
  • Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful <4103> and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
  • Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful <4103>.
  • Revelation 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful <4103> and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Hymns and Choruses Related to Dependability

  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866-1960)
  • Will Jesus Find Us Watching (Fanny J. Crosby, 1840-1908)
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863)
  • Jesus Never Fails (Arthur A. Luther, 1891-1960)
  • Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876)

“Little Things” by Elisabeth Elliot

When we were growing up our parents taught us, by both word and example, to pay attention to little things. If you do a thing at all, do it thoroughly: make the sheets really smooth on the bed, sweep all the corners and move all the chairs when you sweep the kitchen, roll the toothpaste tube neatly and put the cap back on, clean the hair out of your brush each time you use it, hang your towels straight on the rod, fold your napkin and put it into the silver ring before you leave the table, never wet your finger when you turn pages. They kept promises made to us as faithfully as they kept those made to adults. They taught us to do the same. You didn’t accept an invitation to a party and then not turn up, or agree to help with a Vacation Bible School and back out because a more interesting activity presented itself…

When I went to boarding school the same principles I had been taught at home were emphasized. There was a hallway with small oriental rugs which we called “Character Hall” because the headmistress, Mrs. DuBose, could look down that hall from the armchair where she sat in the lobby and spot any student who kicked up a corner of the rug and did not replace it. She would call out to correct him, “It’s those tiny little things in your life which will crack you up when you get out of this school!” In the little things our character was revealed. Our response would make our break us. “Don’t go around with a Bible under your arm if you didn’t sweep under the bed,” she said, for she would have no pious talk coming out of a messy room.

“Great thoughts go best with common duties. Whatever therefore may be your office regard it as a fragment in an immeasurable ministry of love” (Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, b. 1825).

It is not easy to find children or adults who are dependable, careful, thorough, and faithful. So many lives seem honeycombed with small failures, neglectful of the little things that make the difference between order and chaos. Perhaps it is because they are so seldom taught that visible things are signs of an invisible reality; that common duties may be “an immeasurable ministry of love.” The spiritual training of souls must be inseparable from practical disciplines, as Jesus so plainly taught; “the man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches! And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?” (Luke 16:10-12 JB).

From Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot, p.p. 83-84, OM Publishing, Carlisle, England, 1996.