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Friday, May 27, 2016

Inspired by . . . Your Love is Loyal

Sadly, loyalty is not something you see a lot of these days. People are more likely to be loyal to a sports team, or their favorite beverage than they are to, say, their spouses or employers. In fact, a recent survey by MetLife found that employee loyalty is at a seven-year low.

My theory about loyalty is two-fold, and not at all based on anything scientific, but rather on life experience.

First, for some, loyalty is a character trait. They didn't learn to be loyal, they were born loyal. It's part of their personality and comes naturally to them. In these cases, the person tends to be fiercely loyal. Even willing to die or take the blame to protect another person.

Second, loyalty, when it is taught, has to be taught by example. You probably wouldn't tell your child to be loyal to this person, or that cause, but by being loyal yourself, to your spouse, your friend, employer, etc. you teach them the virtue of loyalty.

A lack of this virtue often results in betrayal. I'm sure many of you have faced a betrayal of some sort in your life. The hurt that comes from betrayal is complex and deep. It can be difficult to move past.

Jesus understood betrayal at the hands of men. He can relate to our pain. His love can heal us.

God's love is many things: faithful, sure, and steadfast. 

But most of all, His love is loyal.

God pledges Himself to us, 
And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people. Exo 6:7; Lev 26:12; Jer 7:23; Jer 11:4; Jer 30:22; Eze 36:28
and tells us repeatedly in His word that He will never forsake us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." Deut 31:6; 1Sa 12:22; 1Ki 6:13; Psa 94:14; Isa 42:16; Heb 13:5
He has made a vow of allegiance to us in the form of His covenant.
Therefore {Jesus} is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Heb 9:4
Have you been hurt, abandoned, betrayed?

Beloved, you can trust God with your pain. You can trust Him with your circumstance.

Flee to Him. Let Him be your refuge. 

So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (Heb 6:17-18)
You can trust Him with your life.


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