Everyone may not be talented but everyone can be loyal! What is loyalty? Loyalty is being like Jesus, faithful and true, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war Revelation 19:11.” Here are some other definitions:
- Unswerving allegiance and the feeling of personal devotion to someone or something.
- To be faithful to one’s obligation or commitment to support, protect, and defend.
- To be steadfast or constant in devotion, affection, and allegiance.
Loyalty is devotion and faithfulness to a cause, country, group, or person. It brings in the idea of devotion, love, and trustworthiness. It is actually an aspect of covenant love. Loyal people make sacrifices for their cause, group, and relationships and remain committed even when doing so is personally disadvantageous or costly to do so as Psalm 15:4 expresses, “… He that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not.” The Old Testament story of Ruth and her devotion to her mother in law expresses loyalty in her statement in Ruth 1:16, “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”
It is easy to understand what loyalty is when you see its opposite which is disloyalty. Disloyalty is being untrue to what should command one’s fidelity or allegiance and a lack of complete faithfulness. It can include treachery which is a readiness to betray a trust and fickleness which is a lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability. A disloyal person is apt to erratic changeableness. People like that are hard to trust.
There are two areas where loyalty comes into play in our lives as Christians: Truth & Relationships.
Loyalty to truth is loyalty to Jesus. Our highest loyalty, allegiance, and defense must be to truth because Jesus is the Truth 2 Corinthians 13:8; Ephesians 4:21; John 14:6. Loyalty to truth means:
- A willingness to accept the Truth even when it may not fit comfortably with our preconceived ideas and opinions.
- Allowing our minds, thoughts, and attitudes to be shaped by it even when it may not be convenient or comfortable.
God being first in our lives, of course, puts limits on all other loyalties. Our loyalty to God cannot be divided. (Matthew 6:24). Our loyalty to God can also at times act like a sword to other loyalties (Matthew 10:34-38). We have to always examine ourselves to see that what we are loyal to should be deserving of our fidelity or faithfulness. We have to order or rank our loyalties because everything doesn’t deserve the same devotion. There are times when loyalty in relationships is inappropriate when it violates loyalty to God.
Loyalty in relationships is seen in being a loyal person.
A loyal person:
- Is “true blue” all the time and everywhere except when loyalty to God takes precedence.
- Proudly identifies with you publicly (shows visible/vocal support).
- Gladly adjusts their schedule to accommodate you in a time of need.
- Feels protective of you and will defend you in your absence.
- Will warn you of impending danger and traps set by adversarial people.
- Never enters into a covenant of friendship with anyone plotting to hurt you.
- Will never use private information to hurt you.
- Will forfeit the rewards of other relationships to stay by your side.
Closeness in a relationship should be earned not freely given; it should be given as the reward of proven loyalty.