Building Godliness: LoyaltyPosted: February 7, 2014
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (NIV)
What is Loyalty
Loyalty is the framework for all relationships. Without loyalty, there can be no relationship at all, this includes our relationship with God. Loyalty is given from the beginning of any relationship, but once broken it can be difficult to bring back. In business, loyalty is extremely important. Corporations sometimes bend-over backwards to make things a customer happy. They do this because once that loyalty is broken; they know the likelihood of that customer returning back there for business is small. Personal relationships are more important than a business relationship, so it’s crucial to remain loyal to your family and toward God.
Showing Loyalty For Your Family
First, as a Christian parent, loyalty must be shown to God. We must fear God and serve Him only. (Deut. 6:13) This means that we must put Him first in our lives. Our children need to see us devoted to God. This doesn’t mean sitting down with a Bible at all times or being the first ones to show up at church on Sunday. But it does mean, talking with them about God and making sure they know the value of your faith. It does mean if you can’t make it to church on Sunday, your children should know the importance of worshiping Him. Maybe even, do some home worship if you can’t meet corporately. If they see God as a secondary option in your life, how do you expect God to be a primary option in their life?
Second, you need to show loyalty to your children. If you spend most of your time with your children occupied by outside distractions, then you are showing loyalty to everything else besides them. I am not saying, every moment you are with your children, you give them your complete attention, but if you always come first, than that is a problem. Phone calls can wait at dinner. Sports can be recorded for later viewing. Spending some time with your children is more important.
What are some ways, you can show loyalty to your children? Feel free to let me know in the comment section.