Are you loyal to God? to others? What do I mean by that? Ultimate loyalty expresses itself in ultimate love. Jesus explained it this way:
Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31
Being loyal to God includes being loyal to everything He says. What God says is true is true. What God says is false is false. Believing that and acting on it is at the heart of loyalty. If we say we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength yet don’t do what He says (obedience), we are demonstrating disloyalty and a lack of love toward God.
Jesus said that one of the primary marks of discipleship is to “observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). The Apostle John went so far to write that “by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3). Obedience is at the heart of loyalty as a follower of Jesus Christ.
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