Loyalty, a word that in many hearts rings with warmth and great value. A quality that can be found in people that 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 this, 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 can not be a love relationship. Meaning this, that in relationships it is usually sadly true 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 one popular dictionary as “feelings of allegiance”. But does loyalty only go so far as feelings? Do feelings of allegiance alone constitute loyalty? I think not. Yes, I would personally think that the majority of us would claim that loyalty has feelings of allegiance, but with out actions that spring forth from allegiance shouldn’t it be claimed that the feelings are extremely shallow? So we find that loyalty is always to stand in allegiance to another both in feeling and action. But, what is the highest kind of loyalty? I would say it is really not simply to uphold another, but to face by those to the conclusion that truth might prevail. An illustration of this the negative side of this is the many people who were very loyal to Hitler’s Germany, but in the long run who would say their loyalty had been a good or a profitable thing? In like manner, all of our loyalties at life’s end will be judged as to whether they were in accordance with the truth or otherwise. Sad to express I am just afraid that the loyalties of many will not be found to the praise of Christ.
Undoubtedly loyalty as been exemplified in men’s lives since the start of creation. Having Said That I hold that there only has been one man who may have perfectly exemplified loyalty, and that is certainly 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 life of the purest loyalties?
Firstly, He was loyal to His Father, who had been one that commissioned (sent) Him into the world. He ever obeyed the phrase (commandment) of His Father. This can be observed in he humbled Himself setting aside His deity, to then be found in the fashion of any man who came into the world being a baby born of a virgin woman to reside among a poor and oppressed people. He grew choosing the way of His Father, to live out His earthly ministry, to get brought to a location of rejection and betrayal by all men. Then to get condemned to your humiliating trial, brutalization, and death, and all of this is at the command of His father. In order that He might be get to be the savior which was necessary to express the love of God to some lost creation, providing the salvation that men needed. Oh, how I am thankful that He was loyal, for the very bitter end of His natural life.
Secondly, He (Christ) was (and that i believe is, and will be) faithful to Their own word and oath. We see this primary because He kept His oath towards the Father in that He completely played the part of becoming savior for all men. This can be observed 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 necessary. Then said I, Lo, I come; within the volume of the ebook it really is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” Christ’s loyalty to His Father, obeying Him to begin death is additionally established through the testimony in the writer of Hebrews 12:2b (KJV), “who for that joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…..” Then He rose from the dead as He said He would. He sent the baptism from the Holy Spirit while 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 those Believers because he should certainly be. He will come again to receive Their own unto Himself, and at that time to evaluate the righteous and the wicked, even as He stated He would. He or she is faithful to His word, and in so doing He or she is loyal to all men.
Thirdly, Christ was and it is faithful to His brethren. This Lees is encapsulated in the foremost and second loyalties of Christ’s heart. In this He or she is faithful to the Father and also to Himself, He can not but help to be loyal to His brothers and sisters yet on earth. How could this be proven? I would say it is very easily proven by the fact that They have never lied to, or abandoned His own. I really do not feel that there is certainly one that can honestly state that Christ has never kept His word to Their own. In my opinion that every the promises of God (Christ) work for us, when we work them correctly.
There is just one way. It can be found in staying in Christ, and then in putting on Christ. Through the operation of faith receiving Him as the savior and sovereign of one’s life. From the regeneration from the Holy Spirit, which creates inside the Believer a new inner man. One which is not fashioned following this world along with its ways, but is fashioned after the individual who calls us from above. Beyond these, the actions of loyalty are learned through the renewing of our own minds, where we learn to fashion our habits following the habits of Jesus. For the extent we shall accomplish this, we are going to be demonstrated to be loyal, first to the Lord, then to men around us, based on the various relationships that we expertise in this mortal life. In this facts are the realization of the failure of our nation’s people as expressed in how you have rejected God within our schools, inside our churches, in our government and institutions. For in so doing our company is more and more transforming into a people where our citizens lack love for their neighbors. This creates a self serving people, a people with fewer types of true and noble loyalty. This is why 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 America you can open a phone book embracing the Yellow Pages and find page after page of attorneys being listed. And why is this so? This is due to our company is a nation full of litigation. Neighbor suing neighbor in courts of law. The truest type of loyalty could only is going to be found where Christ is received as the center 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 the Christian has. This is a far greater enemy then Satan. Loyalty, if you should God, or to one’s neighbor is impossible until one learns to deny self. Beyond self there are more negative character qualities which can be counter-productive to loyalty. Unbelief is one of these. How can one be faithful to either God or man when the initial one is unable to believe? Confusion and ignorance is another. The inability to conduct one’s self with a clear understanding will affect one’s capability to perform in a loyal manner. For this reason God has given the Christian your mind of Christ, that by operating within his mind we might be able to conduct ourselves with clear and sound thought