Loyalty, a word that in lots of hearts rings with warmth and great value. A quality that can be found in people that invokes endearment and appreciation from those who are the recipient of it’s expressions. A quality that is “part and parcel” to true friendship. In reality, 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 basis 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 often sadly factual that love (that 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 in terms of feelings? Do feelings of allegiance alone constitute loyalty? I do believe not. Yes, I might believe that many of us would say that loyalty has feelings of allegiance, however with out actions that spring forth from allegiance shouldn’t it be said that the emotions are extremely shallow? So that we realize that loyalty is to stand in allegiance to another one both in feeling and action. But, exactly what is the highest form of loyalty? I would personally say it is not simply to stand by another, but to stand by those to the conclusion that truth might prevail. An illustration of this the negative side of this is actually the many people who were very faithful to Hitler’s Germany, but in the end who will say their loyalty had been a good or a profitable thing? In like manner, our loyalties at life’s end is going to be judged whether they were in accordance with the truth or not. Sad to say I am just afraid the loyalties of many will never be found towards the praise of Christ.
Undoubtedly loyalty as been exemplified in men’s lives since the starting of creation. Having Said That 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 was the One that commissioned (sent) Him to the world. He ever obeyed the term (commandment) of His Father. This is observed in which he humbled Himself to set aside His deity, to then be found in the fashion of any man who came to the world as being a baby born of the virgin woman to live among an inadequate and oppressed people. He grew choosing the method of His Father, to live out His earthly ministry, to be taken to a location of rejection and betrayal by all men. Then to become condemned to some humiliating trial, brutalization, and death, as well as it was in the command of His father. So that He might be get to be the savior which had been required to express the passion for God to a lost creation, supplying the salvation that men needed. Oh, the way i am thankful that He was loyal, to the very bitter end of His natural life.
Secondly, He (Christ) was (and i also believe is, and will ever be) loyal to His own word and oath. We see this primary in that He kept His oath towards the Father in this He completely played the a part of becoming savior to any or 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; within the amount of the publication it is actually written of me, I delight to perform thy will O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” Christ’s loyalty to His Father, obeying Him to begin death can also be established from the testimony in the writer of Hebrews 12:2b (KJV), “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…..” He Then rose through the 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 many Believers as He should certainly be. He should come again to receive His very own unto Himself, and during that time to evaluate both righteous as well as the wicked, even as He explained He would. He is faithful to His word, and then in so doing He or she is faithful to all men.
Thirdly, Christ was and it is faithful to His brethren. This rock-u-series is encapsulated in the first and second loyalties of Christ’s heart. In that He is loyal to the Father and to Himself, He is able to not but help to be faithful to His brothers and sisters yet on earth. How can this be proven? I would personally 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 one that can honestly state that Christ has never kept His word to Their own. I believe that every the promises of God (Christ) benefit us, when we work them correctly.
There is simply one way. It is located in being in Christ, and then in wearing Christ. Through the operation of faith receiving Him because the savior and sovereign of one’s life. From the regeneration in the Holy Spirit, which creates inside the Believer a whole new inner man. One which is not really 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 how to fashion our habits following the habits of Jesus. For the extent we are going to do this, we shall be shown to be loyal, first towards the Lord, and then to men around us, according to the various relationships we experience in this mortal life. Within this facts are the realization in the failure in our nation’s people as expressed in how we have rejected God within our schools, inside our churches, within our government and institutions. For in so doing our company is a lot more becoming a people where our citizens lack fascination with their neighbors. This creates a self serving people, a people with fewer examples of true and noble loyalty. This is why we tyjanm a divorce rate of nearly 70%, why we have murdered nearly 40 million babies through “legalized” abortion, why most any where in America one can open a telephone book switching to the Yellow Pages and locate page after page of attorneys being listed. And how can this be? This is due to our company is a nation full of litigation. Neighbor suing neighbor in courts of law. The truest form of loyalty are only able to will likely be found where Christ is received as the center of men’s lives.
I would personally repeat the greatest enemy of loyalty to God and our neighbor is self-centeredness. Self is the greatest enemy the Christian has. It really is a far greater enemy then Satan. Loyalty, whether or not to God, or to one’s neighbor is impossible until one learns to deny self. Beyond self there are other negative character qualities which are counter-productive to loyalty. Unbelief is among these. Just how can one be loyal to either God or man when the first is unable to believe? Confusion and ignorance is yet another. Not being able to conduct one’s self having a clear understanding will affect one’s capacity 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 could possibly conduct ourselves with clear and sound thought