Faithfulness


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Faithfulness

See also Loyalty.
To God:
To Lovers:
Abdiel
seraph who refused to join Satan’s rebellion. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Abraham
in obedience to God, would sacrifice his only son. [O.T.: Genesis 22:1–18]
Becket, Thomas
à (c. 1118–70) uncompromisingly defended the rights of the Church against King Henry II. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2735]
Caleb
faithfully followed God in exploration of Canaan. [O.T.: Numbers 14:24–25]
Canterbury bell
flower memorializing harness bells of Canterbury pilgrims. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 303]
Hezekiah
brings people of Judah back to God. [O.T.: II Chronicles29:3–11; 31:20–21]
Jehoshaphat
destroyed idols; adjured men to follow God. [O.T.: II Chronicles 17:3–6; 19:9–11]
Job
maintains his faith despite severe trials, is finally rewarded by God. [O.T.: Job]
Josiah
tenaciously follows Moses’ law; orders keeping of Passover. [O.T.: II Kings 23:21–24]
Noah
saved from flood because of his faith. [O.T.: Genesis 6-10]

To Lovers:

Abigail
prostrates herself before David and vows devotion. [O.T.: I Samuel 25:40–41]
Akawi-ko
waits eighty years for lover to return. [Jap. Legend: Jobes, 59]
Amelia
despite financial woes, remains faithful to Booth. [Br. Lit.: Amelia]
Andromache
devoted wife of Hector. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Trojan Women; Andromache; Fr. Lit.: Andromaghe]
Aramati
name of Vedic goddess means faithfulness. [Hindu Myth.: Jobes, 117]
Arsinoë
Alcmaeon’s wife; continues to love husband though he is unfaithful. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 32]
Brandimante
loyal to lover and leader. [Ital. Lit.: Orlando Innamorato]
Briseis
loved Achilles despite her capture by Agamemnon. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 62]
Britomart
waits many years for true love, Artegall. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Candida
ever faithful to husband. [Br. Lit.: Candida]
Charlotte
faithful to fiance lost at sea. [Br. Lit.: Fatal Curiosity]
China aster
symbol of fidelity. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 326]
Clärchen
devoted to Egmont. [Ger. Lit.: Egmont]
crow
faithful; does not mate again for nine generations. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 161]
Cynara
woman to whom Dowson is faithful in his thoughts even when consorting with others. [Br. Poetry: Barnhart, 301]
de Cleves, Princess
despite her love for another, remains faithful to her husband even after his death. [Fr. Lit.: Lafayette The Princess]
doves
faithfulness reflected in their pairing for life. [Christian Symbolism: Child, 211]
Dupre, Sally
Clay Wingate’s fiancee quietly waits for his return. [Am. Lit.: “John Brown’s Body” in Magill I, 445–448]
Enid
though falsely accused of infidelity, nurses husband through wounds. [Br. Lit.: Idylls of the King]
Evangeline
lifelong search for lover, Gabriel. [Am. Lit.: Evangeline]
heliotrope
symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
Hypermnestra
only one of Danaides who did not murder husband on wedding night. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 136]
Imogen
spurns the advances of Iachimo, who had wagered her husband that he could seduce her. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Cymbeline]
ivy
traditional symbol of faithfulness. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
key
attribute of the personified Fidelity. [Art: Hall, 184]
Laodamia
commits suicide to join husband Protesilaus in underworld. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Leonore
disguises as Fidelio to save imprisoned husband. [Ger. Opera: Beethoven, Fidelio, Westerman, 109–110]
Micawber, Mrs. Emma
swears she will never desert husband. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Nanna
immolated herself on pyre with husband, Baldur. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 256]
Penelope Odysseus’
patient wife; faithful for 20 years while waiting for his return. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Odyssey]
Perseus
ever devoted to wife, Andromeda. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 200]
Pietas
goddess of faithfulness, respect, and affection. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 192]
plum
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Portia
takes own life after husband, Brutus’s, suicide. [Rom. Hist.: Plutarch’s Lives]
red on yellow
symbol of faithfulness. [Chinese Art: Jobes, 357]
Rodelinda
faithful to her deposed husband, Bertarido. [Br. Opera: Handel, Rodelinda, Westerman, 50–52]
Roxy
tries to “save” immoral husband. [Am. Lit.: Roxy]
Sita
princess abducted from her husband by the demon-king; she remains faithful throughout her captivity. [Indian Lit.: Ramayana]
Sonia
young prostitute stays near prison to comfort Raskolnikov. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
Valentine
a true friend and constant lover. [Br. Lit.: Two Gentlemen of Verona]
veronica
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
violet
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178; Kunz, 327]
Zelda
shows devotion to Dobie, who manfully resists. [TV: “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in Terrace, II, 64–66]
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There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires" (Letter 43).
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:21-23).
And God intends for his faithfulness to Christ to elicit faithfulness from his people as well.
In a slight revision of his 2014 doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford, Cudworth shows how the author of Chronicles assesses each king primarily on the basis of his faithfulness to the temple cult, rather than by his adherence to the Mosaic law, as most previous scholars have assumed.
"And we honour the faithfulness of all those who gave up their lives to give peace and security for others."
"As our nation honours at this service all of you who have served in Afghanistan - forces personnel and many others, alongside so many of other nations - I ask you to hear those same words today, reverberating around our land: great is your faithfulness. You know about faithfulness."
He added: "We thank you for your faithfulness: You who left family behind, you who trained hard, you who did not turn from danger, you who suffered injury and you who risked yourselves to care for the injured.
Not of its colour, texture, or flavour (honey), but of the faithfulness of the One who gave it.
Yet, as the Holy Spirit worked both through authors and the church to bring Scripture to a canonical whole, a thread of conversation appears at the hand of God, one that points to Jesus Christ as not only the ultimate example of human faithfulness, but as the ultimate example of God's faithfulness.
Almost 700 singles were questioned for the faithfulness survey, which found men are more likely to cheat sexually - with 40% admitting to past infidelities compared to just 30% of women.
Al-Manthri affirmed on the need for more efforts to be exerted to serve Oman and faithfulness to the wise leadership of His Majesty.
NAIROBI, KENYA--Concerned that the crisis in the worldwide Anglican Communion is deepening, conservative Anglican primates in Africa are organizing a second conference to discuss ways of returning the church to what they describe as biblical faithfulness.