Saturday July 19, 2014

Loyalty is an act of binding yourself intellectually or emotionally to a course of action; an alliance; a commitment. You choose to be loyal. Proverbs 3:3, 5 says to bind mercy (loyalty) and truth around your neck and trust in the Lord. We can do that because God’s love and mercy made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:1-9). Loyalty to God demands discomfort, testing our faith as we go through rough times. Loyalty is birthed out of love. We need to be selfless to move immediately at God’s direction. Loyalty is taught (Ephesians 6:1-4). Children learn loyalty from the father showing his love to them, and then they can obey and be loyal to their Heavenly Father, too. Obedience comes before loyalty (Colossians 3:18-21). The church needs loyal “pillars”. The apostle Paul learned obedience and became loyal to the point of being willing to die for the Gospel (Acts 9:1-9, 16-30; 1 Corinthians 15:8). Are you willing to suffer persecution for the Lord? We must be able to stand forever, because loyalty is a lifestyle of abiding in His love (John 15:9). Help one another first and be loyal in your giving and living (2 Corinthians 9:1-2, 8).