WHAT IS THE MEANING OF PERSISTENT LOYALTY AND HOW DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Persistent loyalty is the act of firm continuance in support or allegiance to something or someone despite all the difficulties and regardless of the facts or evidence that may present in the contrary.
It is choosing to stand by, support, advocate for, and if need be defending a person or something in spite of all odds.
For lack of a better word or way to express it, I will say that Persistent Loyalty looks like “Foolishness”. It is choosing to support and/or show allegiance to a person even when the odds suggest otherwise. When everyone else thinks, and believes it’s time and it’s ok to quit and walk away, you remain loyal.
WHY IS LOYALTY IMPORTANT?
Loyalty is important because it shows dependability. It makes you to be a person who can be depended on, no matter what the circumstances.
• It builds character – making you a person of good repute.
• It leads to deeper bond in relationships.
WHY IS LOYALTY A RARE COMMODITY?
Some attributes that make loyalty a rare commodity are:
• Selfishness: We expect loyalty, so in return we should also be loyal. But if we expect loyalty, and we do not stay loyal to others, then, that is being selfish.
In the same breath, others will remain loyal only because there are strings attached to their loyalty. Once the strings no longer hold or produce the expected benefits, loyalty flies out of the window. This portrays selfishness. We should be able to remain loyal not because we expect anything in return, but because we know, understand and believe that it is the right thing to do.
• Past Experience: Once beaten twice shy. A negative experience may make someone very hesitant to being loyal in the future
BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATION OF LOYALTY. RUTH AND NAOMI
After the death of Ruth’s husband, she chose to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi. When Naomi decided to go back to her ancestral land of Judah, she pleaded with her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth to return to their families and re-marry.
Upon her persuasion, Orpah returned to her family but Ruth insisted on going with Naomi. Ruth 1:16-17: “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn away from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” Ruth, against all odds, chose to stay with her mother-in law, move to a foreign land away from her family and the gods of her people; and chose to worship the God Naomi. Ruth remained persistently loyal to Naomi.
Job was a faithful man who was blessed by God with family, good health and wealth. But he suddenly lost all his children and wealth. At that, Job tore his robe and shaved his head (a sign of mourning). Then he fell to the ground in worship and said (Job 1:21) “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Then Job was afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. His wife seeing the suffering of her husband asked him – Job 2:9 “Are you still holding to your integrity? Curse God and die” But Job replied – Job 2:10 “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?The bible credits Job by saying “in all this Job did not sin. Despite the physical and emotional pain that Job went through, he chose to remain persistently loyal to God.
BENEFITS OF LOYALTY
• Peace – You are at peace knowing that you have done what is right.
• Blessings – From the biblical illustrations, both Ruth and Job were blessed by God.
Ruth – Got married to Boaz, a well to do man of good character and a relative to her late husband.
Job – God blessed him with a double portion of all his wealth. And God blessed him with more children. 7 Sons and 3 Daughters.
As we strive to be persistently loyal, may we always be reminded of the words in Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
May we prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance in being persistently loyal.
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