1 Chronicles 29:19 (KJV)

19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

Our relationship with God is usually reflected in our relationship with other people.

The more loyal we are to God, the more loyal we tend to be with friends and family members. That’s no accident.

God considers loyalty an important trait. David thought it so important that he prayed, “give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statues” (1 Chr. 29:19). God wants us to remain loyal to Him, and He wants us to remain loyal to the people He puts in our lives.

Perhaps this helps to explain why we find so many beautiful pictures of loyalty in the Bible.

For example, Jonathan remained loyal to David even at the risk of his own health and safety (1 Sam. 18:4; 19:2) in the New Testament, we see a bond of loyalty between the apostle Paul and Barnabas, two men who helped to change the course of the world for Christ, even though they couldn’t always agree.

But perhaps the most beautiful picture of loyalty in all of the Scriptures is that of Ruth for her mother-in-law, Naomi. Many people have inscribed her words on pendants and bracelets that they carry with them everywhere “For wherever you go. I will go, and for wherever you lodge, I will lodge, your people shall be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me” (Ruth 1:16, 17).

A loyal person remains steadfast.

It leaves no room for deception or mistrust.  As a result, individuals loyal to one another relate at much deeper levels than others.

A loyal person makes for a reliable messenger. Disloyalty causes division, especially among Christians. Loyal friends defend the other person and refuse to listen to gossip.

Loyalty speaks the truth.

A loyal person has a strong sense of responsibility.

Genuine loyalty is not built around circumstances, environment, popularity or convenience. True loyalty is built on devotion to God and love of others.

Last, God always rewards those who remain loyal to Him and to the people He places in our lives.

You can never out give God, even in loyalty.

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