Loyalty, a word that in lots of hearts rings with warmth and great value. A quality that can be found in people who invokes endearment and appreciation from those people who are the recipient of it’s expressions. A quality that is “part and parcel” to true friendship. Actually, I’d state that without it, true friendship is lost. For how can true friendship stand if there is no trust or reliability, and loyalty is the very foundation of trust. There can be love in a relationship without loyalty being expressed by all partners, but there cannot be a love relationship. Meaning this, that in relationships it is usually sadly correct that love (which is expressed in loyalty) does not go both ways. For love as a mutually reciprocating thing then loyalty much be seen practiced by all.
Loyalty is defined by a very common dictionary as “feelings of allegiance”. But does loyalty only go so far as feelings? Do feelings of allegiance alone constitute loyalty? I believe not. Yes, I would believe that many of us would claim that loyalty has feelings of allegiance, though with out actions that spring forth from allegiance shouldn’t it be said that the feelings are very shallow? So we discover that loyalty is to stand in allegiance to another one both in feeling and action. But, what exactly is the highest form of loyalty? I might say it is not simply to stand by another, but to stand by these to the end that truth might prevail. An illustration of this the negative side of here is the many who were very loyal to Hitler’s Germany, but in the long run would you say their loyalty was a good or perhaps a profitable thing? In like manner, all of our loyalties at life’s end is going to be judged as to if these were according to the truth or otherwise. Sad to state I am afraid that this loyalties of numerous is definitely not found for the praise of Christ.
Undoubtedly loyalty as been exemplified in men’s lives since the start of creation. However I hold there just has ever been one man who may have perfectly exemplified loyalty, and that is Jesus the Righteous. How did He prove this? What actions of His life are recorded that bare the witness that His life alone perfectly exemplifies a lifetime of the purest loyalties?
Firstly, He was loyal to His Father, who has been the one which commissioned (sent) Him in to the world. He ever obeyed the phrase (commandment) of His Father. This can be noticed in which he humbled Himself to create aside His deity, to then be found in the fashion of a man who came in to the world being a baby born of any virgin woman to have among a bad and oppressed people. He grew choosing the method of His Father, to live out His earthly ministry, to be brought to a place of rejection and betrayal by all men. Then to get condemned to your humiliating trial, brutalization, and death, as well as it was in the command of His father. In order that He might be get to be the savior that was needed to express the passion for God to your lost creation, supplying the salvation that men needed. Oh, the way i am thankful which he was loyal, towards the very bitter end of His natural life.
Secondly, He (Christ) was (and I believe is, and will ever be) loyal to Their own word and oath. We have seen this first in this He kept His oath for the Father because He completely played the part of becoming savior for all men. This can be seen in Psalms 40: 6-8, (KJV) “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come; inside the level of the ebook it really is written of me, I delight to accomplish thy will O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” Christ’s loyalty to His Father, obeying Him to the point of death is also established by the testimony from the writer of Hebrews 12:2b (KJV), “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…..” He Then rose from your dead while he said He would. He sent the baptism of the Holy Spirit as He said He would. He gave gifts unto men (the ascension offices in the New Testament Church) while he said He would. He’s alive in Heaven making intercession for all Believers while he should certainly be. He can come again to get His very own unto Himself, and at that time to judge both righteous and the wicked, even as He explained He would. He is loyal to His word, and in so doing He is faithful to all men.
Thirdly, Christ was and it is faithful to His brethren. This choice is encapsulated in the first and second loyalties of Christ’s heart. Because He or she is faithful to the Father as well as Himself, He is able to not but help to be faithful to His brothers and sisters yet on earth. Just how can this be proven? I would personally say it is very easily proven because He has never lied to, or abandoned His own. I actually do not think that there is one that can honestly claim that Christ has never kept His word to His very own. I believe that every the promises of God (Christ) work for us, when we work them correctly.
There is only one way. It can be found in staying in Christ, and then in putting on Christ. Through the operation of faith receiving Him because the savior and sovereign of one’s life. Through the regeneration from the Holy Spirit, which creates in the Believer a whole new inner man. One that will not be fashioned following this world and its ways, but is fashioned after the One who calls us from above. Beyond these, the actions of loyalty are learned by the renewing of our own minds, where we figure out how to fashion our habits after the habits of Jesus. Towards the extent we are going to do that, we are going to be shown to be loyal, first towards the Lord, and then to men around us, according to the various relationships we experience with this mortal life. In this particular the fact is the realization in the failure in our nation’s people as expressed in the way we have rejected God in our schools, within our churches, inside our government and institutions. For in so doing we are more and more becoming a people where our citizens lack fascination with their neighbors. This creates a self serving people, a people who have fewer types of true and noble loyalty. For this reason we tyjanm a divorce rate of nearly 70%, why we have now murdered nearly 40 million babies through “legalized” abortion, why most any where in the united states anybody can open a telephone book embracing the Classifieds and find page after page of attorneys being listed. And how can this be? It is because we are a nation filled with litigation. Neighbor suing neighbor in courts of law. The truest form of loyalty could only is going to be found where Christ is received as the core of men’s lives.
I would personally say the greatest enemy of loyalty to God and our neighbor is self-centeredness. Self is the best enemy that the Christian has. It really is a far greater enemy then Satan. Loyalty, whether or not to God, or one’s neighbor is impossible until one learns to deny self. Beyond self there are many negative character qualities which can be counter-productive to loyalty. Unbelief is one of these. How could one be faithful to either God or man when the first is unable to believe? Confusion and ignorance is another. Not being able to conduct one’s self having a clear understanding will affect one’s capacity to perform in a loyal manner. This is why God has given the Christian your brain of Christ, that by operating within his mind we might be able to conduct ourselves with clear and sound thought