In a world that views loyalty as a temporary contract, God views loyalty towards his children as an everlasting covenant. His loyal love is not fickle and fleeting, it is fierce and ever-pursuing. It is not an empty promise, but an eternal commitment. He is a God who keeps his word and he is a God of loyal love.
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. Lamentations 3:22-24 The Message (MSG)
In this world, loyalty is often viewed as a temporary contract. The popular mindset that says, as long as you meet my list of requirements, I will remain loyal to you. But God doesn’t view his loyalty towards us in this worldly way. God views his loyalty towards us as an everlasting covenant. Before the cross, God’s people lived under the law which required them to be 100% loyal to God every day in everything they did in order to receive the Lord’s absolute loyalty and blessing in return. However, this was a temporary system because no human has the capability to be fully loyal to God. The law required us to live a perfect sinless life before God. But we know this is impossible (Romans 3:23). Of course, God wasn’t surprised that man could not sustain absolute loyalty to him, which is why he created a better plan from the beginning of time (1 Peter 1:19-21).
We see Jesus, perfect and blameless, enter the scene and live a completely loyal life before the father (1 Peter 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21). Never was there a moment where Jesus’ affection and adoration lie anywhere else except at his Father’s feet. Through Jesus, we are offered the benefits and inheritance that is only his to give (Romans 8:17). When we doubt if our commitment and loyalty to the Lord is ever good enough, we can look to the cross and ask, ‘was Christ’s loyalty good enough?’ In Christ, God views us through the blood and sacrifice of his perfect and blameless son. Because of Jesus’ loyalty, we can never be separated from God (Romans 8:38-39). Because of his faithfulness, he will remain faithful (2 Timothy 2:18). We cannot earn God’s loyalty, we cannot strive for it. It can only be humbly received through accepting Christ. When we accept Jesus as savior, his loyalty is accredited to our account as a one time payment and in return we enter into a new covenant, a forever covenant, with God. And God does not take his covenants lightly.
When we struggle with the thought that God may not be loyal to us, that he may withdraw, or even worse, end our relationship, remember that his loyalty cannot be broken towards us because Jesus’ sacrifice was enough, his life enough, his death enough, his resurrection enough. He is not a bridegroom who breaks his vows. He will always and forever remain loyal to you, because that is who he is, a loyal bridegroom who not only dies for his beloved but commits to loving her forever.
Questions for Reflection…
1.) How does God’s view of loyalty differ from that of this world’s?
2.) Where in your life have you seen God’s loyalty and faithfulness extended towards you?
3.) In what specific ways in the Bible do we see Jesus’ loyalty to his father?
There is No Striving- Rita Springer
Your Love is Strong- Cory Asbury
I Have Found- Kim Walker-Smith
I Knew What I Was Getting Into- Misty Edwards
Lord, thank you that you sent your son Jesus to live the flawless and loyal life that I could never live so I could have it settled it my heart that you will always be loyal towards me. You have promised to love me with an everlasting love, and you don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep. I trust in you and thank you for your fierce loyalty to me. Amen.