Faithfulness, commitment or devotion to a person, cause or purpose
Most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty. J. K. Rowling
A good example of the concept of loyalty is what it means to have a friend and to be a friend. If asked, most of us, would likely equate friendship to loyalty. Friends are faithful and devoted to each other. Loyalty also, includes concepts of trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, dependability and other such qualities. Where loyalty exists, there is confidence and trust. We do not usually worry about those whom we feel are loyal to us.
We are likely loyal to our friends and expect them to be loyal to us. The greatest haven for loyalty should be found in our family. The family should be our safe haven when it comes to feeling totally secure and confident. Loyalty is part of the process when considering such things as the companies we work for, organizations or groups we belong to, schools we have attended, neighborhoods and cities where we have lived, and even our favorite teams or TV shows. Certain organizations can create a very strong sense of loyalty largely for the reasons that bring the members together as a group in the first place. Military units, unions and fraternal organizations are good examples of this type of loyalty. People band together in a variety of ways and for many reasons. This form of bonding can link us together in strong and lasting ways. Sometimes, bonds of loyalty occur as a result of common backgrounds or experiences. Those who have had bad experiences or tragedies often find themselves bonding with others who have experienced the same or similar circumstances. Such organizations as AAA, MADD, cancer survivors and many others are good examples.
There are those who have difficulty in forming bonds of loyalty. There is something in their makeup that prevents them from bonding closely with other individuals or giving themselves to a cause or purpose. These individuals may have some problems with their self-image and sense of identity. They are likely to be loners.
We should have people and groups to which we have formed bonds of loyalty. This gives our lives more meaning and purpose. It gives us roots and a firmer foundation, keeping us engaged and more well-balanced. Ideally, this starts with family and builds from there. We should know who and what we are loyal to and enjoy having a sense of purpose as well as commitment as to what this loyalty really means to us.
Challenge: What are your allegiances and loyalties? You should be able to identify and visualize them when asked. These are the people and purposes you support and stand for and even will defend if necessary. Lacking such loyalties represents an area in your life that may be lacking and needing addressing. It is good to review and remember your loyalties and priorities; perhaps recommitting to them. Determine what loyalty really means to you?
For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
We are imperfect creatures. When it comes to such traits as honesty, loyalty, trustworthiness, integrity and others; we sometimes falter, giving in to temptation and moments of weakness. We make mistakes and do things we should not do and later do regret. The more we allow God to guide and enable us, the more strength we will have to stand firm and choose to do the right thing. Our Heavenly Father is loyal and never gives us bad advice.
Prayer: Give me the wisdom and strength to listen to your guidance.