How to be Loyal Part 2
Proverbs 13:20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Choose and evaluate your relationships wisely
Psalms 1: 1-3 – Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. I am not saying that you should become judgemental but be discerning and choose your relationships wisely. Keeping company with people that don’t value loyalty is a recipe for disaster because it is only a matter of time before you become like them. The journey of loyalty is challenging enough without making disloyal people your close associates. Jesus had different levels of relationships so clarify and evaluate your relationships and allocate appropriate time and investment into them. For example, I rate the people that contribute to my life in a positive way higher than the people who are only looking for what they can get from me. I call them suckers. I don’t make people who don’t share the same values as me my confidants because their advice would not sit well with me. Always take a routine check of your relationships. Anyone who can walk in loyalty at one level may not be able to walk in loyalty on another level. Loyalty is in levels and stages. Don’t just assume and confer loyalty status on people. First confirm their level of loyalty before you make a decision. Avoid being emotional when you are making these decisions.
Study and remind yourself of the consequences of loyalty and disloyalty
Galatians 6:7-9 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Never forget the cardinal law of sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow. Whether we know it or not, we sow seeds every day. Our words and actions are seeds awaiting harvest. You should always ask yourself if you want to reap a reward of disloyalty and if not you should be consistent in your loyalty walk.
Take action and be loyal.
John 13:17 – If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Nothing changes until you change. True change starts with you. It is not enough to like and wish the concept of loyalty; you should participate and start today. There will never be another now so make the best of now.
Never forget that loyalty can be toxic and destructive without the proper discernment and understanding of the Word of God.
For Further Study
Personal declaration for the day
I will preserve my loyalty in Jesus name.
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you rate people’s loyalty before knowing what their loyalties are?