1 Chronicles 29:19 – "...and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.”
Our relationship with God
is usually reflected in our relationships
with other people.
The more loyal we are to Him,
the more loyal we tend to be with friends and family members.
That’s no accident.
The Father considers loyalty an important trait.
David thought it so important that he prayed,
“Give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments,
Your testimonies and Your statutes” (1 Chron. 29:19).
God wants us to remain loyal to Him,
and He wants us to remain loyal
to the people He puts in our lives.
Perhaps this helps explain why we find so many
beautiful pictures of loyalty in the Bible.
For example, Jonathan remained loyal to David,
even at the risk of his own health and safety (1 Sam. 18:4, 19:2).
In the New Testament, we see a bond of loyalty
between the apostle Paul and Barnabas,
two men who helped change the course of the world for Christ,
even though they couldn't always agree.
But perhaps one of the most beautiful pictures of loyalty
is that of Ruth for her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Many people have inscribed her words on bracelets and pendants
that they carry with them everywhere:
“Where you go, I will go,
and where you lodge, I will lodge.
Your people shall be my people,
and your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse,
if anything but death parts you and me”
Loyalty comes from the heart.
It is motivated by love and
wants the best for the other person.
A loyal person remains steadfast.
You never have to beg support of a loyal friend or coworker.
Loyalty also demands trust.
It leaves no room for deception or mistrust.
As a result, individuals loyal to one another
relate at much deeper levels than others.
A loyal person makes for a reliable messenger.
Disloyalty causes division, especially among Christians.
Loyal friends defend the other person
and refuses to listen to gossip.
Loyalty speaks the truth.
A loyal person has a strong sense of responsibility.
Genuine loyalty is not built around circumstances,
environment, popularity, or convenience.
True loyalty is built on devotion to God and love of others.
Finally, God always rewards those who remain loyal to Him
and to the people He places in our lives.
You can never out give God, even in loyalty.
- pg 845 -