Bowie Apostolic Church
Proverbs Day 21
Posted on January 24th, 2013

Loyalty

Prov 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?
We can often complain that loyalty is hard to find in our times, but apparently it has been a problem for thousands of years. That being said, there is a trend these days of non-committal behavior. There seems to be a claim of loyalty, but when test time comes they cannot be counted on.

Another word for loyalty is faithfulness. The issue of faith is all through the Bible. Without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Our relationship with God will also be reflected in our relationships with the family of God and our personal families and friends. A person who is faithful to God will also be a faithful person to others. A faithless person to friends and family is a person that does not yet understand God. The Bible does declare that the love we have for Him should be reflected in the love we have for our siblings in Christ (I John 4:20).

Being faithful brings closer relationship. In relationships, we commit to one another and build trust. After salvation, the main thing the Bible promotes is healthy relationships with those around us and with God.

This is one of big the issues of this age. When we become non-committal and untrustworthy to one another, it should be a red flag to us as individuals that our faith, commitment and therefore relationship is lacking in Christ. It all comes back to trustworthiness and commitment.

It would be nice for us to think that if we were faithful to people, they would in turn be loyal to us. Well, my friend this is not true.

Who is more faithful and trustworthy than Jesus? How many were loyal to Him? Read what Peter (a close disciple of Christ) said to Jesus:

Matthew 26:33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. 

But time proves all things. Look what he did......

Matthew 26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 

Peter Betrayed Jesus.

Not only is loyalty to others not a guarantee that others will be loyal to you, but the reality is that without the regeneration of the Holy Ghost through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ….. WE ALL WOULD BE PETER. 


Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with loyalty, character, commitment, faith


3 Comments

Carla - January 24th, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Amen that is so true especially if we have loved ones and friends who take part in ungodly things we will deny them in a heart. This is the true and living word of Jesus Christ. We should take a look around us and be more LOYAL and loving to those who we encounter everyday of our lives.
Sherri - January 24th, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I love the beginning quote; it's so true! Plus, there are many other characteristics that we could do that with, as well as loyalty.
Sis. Mae - July 21st, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Love thy neighbor as thyself (Mark 12:31; Matt. 22:39).
I can't do this unless I first accept and receive the Love of God--
That is; let the Love of God flow to me so I can love myself; lest my self-loathing block the Love of God from flowing to others-through me. (Not my revelation.)

Likewise with Loyalty.

When I perceive God's Loyalty to me; despite me, it encourages and enables me to be Loyal to myself and others (despite...).
Cognition and Diligence play a role in this.

COMPLETE: Prov. 21:__; Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue,...
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