Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? - Proverbs 20:6

Our allegiance and commitment to Christ is because of the great love He showed in dying for our sins. Above all other loyalities in life we should be loyal to Jesus Christ. Loyalty is a virtue that is hard to be found in our day, in a day of selfishness when all are seeking their own (Philippians 2:21), where are those who are loyal no matter what cost? True godly friends are loyal not for their own benifit but for just the very fact of being loyal. Loyality are not words shared only but a constant lifestyle of dedication and allegiance. God sees the value in loyalty and commitment to relationships in the body of Christ, marriage vows, and our dedication to Himself. If personal opportunity, advantage and protecting against suffering is our motivation to be dis-loyal then that is a area of our lives the Lord desires to work in. The Scripture verse in Proverbs shares with us the phrase "unfailing love" which can also be translated "loyalty." Loyalty clings, helps, serves even when grievances hurt them as a result.

Christian leaders are those who are loyal to God firstly but also to others in the body of Christ. Imagine the Shepherd who would run when a pack of wolves comes to attack the sheep. Being loyal also to leaders in the body of Christ is important. Leaders are not perfect and will show at times, very painfully, that they sin or make mistakes. Loyalty will stay submitted to such leaders even when imperfections are shown. The way of self, and sin is to follow the path of least resistance and what is always best for the individual. Rather we should seek to bear long with others in the body of Christ, suffer for others, pray for others, and love others even when it is uncomfortable. Does your opinion of your pastor or leader change when you hear a sermon you disagree with? Or are you following their walk with Christ as they follow the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:1). Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Chuck Swindoll says, "More than once Jesus deliberately addressed certain issues that quickly diminished the number of onlookers. It was commitment that thinned the ranks." God is looking for loyalty and commitment in our lives. Loyal people are free people, free from themselves serving God and others. As the proverb says, "a faithful person who can find?"