The Rewards and Benefits of Loyalty
Dear Good News Reader,
What is loyalty? It is faithfulness to commitments, obligations and promises.
It is steadfastness to God, family, friends, employers, organizations and
causes. It is knowing that others can depend on you at all times and in every
Years ago, loyalty was taught in the schools and in homes. But what has happened
to such instruction today? It appears to have nearly disappeared along with
loyalty itself. "Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just
try to find someone who really is!" (Proverbs 20:6, Good News Translation).
For example, are elected officials loyal to the citizens,
or do they often use their positions to seek personal prestige and power?
Such troubling illustrations seem to be perpetually in the news. Perhaps this
is one of the reasons why nine in 10 Americans (89 percent) give Congress
negative ratings, according to an Oct. 25, 2010, report by Harris
Also, is the lack of loyalty one of the reasons marriage
covenants are so easily broken today? After promising to stay committed "until
death do us part," 60 percent of marriages of couples between the ages of
20 and 25 end in divorce, according to statistics from
the National Center for Health Statistics.
Although it seems that few people understand why loyalty is necessary, our
Creator says it is utterly essential in order to live a happy, successful
life (Matthew 25:21). Loyalty offers many wonderful benefits and rewards.
So, how can you and I exercise this indispensable character attribute? Here
are four ways:
1) Be loyal to God and the truth of the Bible. Jesus Christ instructed
His disciples to faithfully love God "with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). And the apostle Paul encouraged the
young minister Timothy to unwaveringly teach "the word of truth with precision"
(2 Timothy 2:15, International Standard Version).
2) Be loyal to your family. Realize and appreciate that God created
marriage as a divine institution (Mark 10:6-8), so remain lovingly committed
to your mate. "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate,"
Jesus said (verse 9). Also, since children are God's gift to you, devotedly
nurture and educate them in true, godly values (Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 22:6).
3) Be loyal to your employer. The Bible exhorts Christians to resolutely
support their employers. We are to be exceptional examples of loyalty, reliability
and service (1 Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:9; Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Peter 2:18). And,
of course, Christian bosses are to be loyal and serve those who report to
them (Ephesians 6:9; Matthew 20:25-28).
Writing about this important subject, Elbert Hubbard, an
American philosopher and publisher (1856-1915) wrote,
"If you work for a man, in Heaven's name work for him. If he pays wages that
supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well
of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think
if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part
of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none.
If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness."
4) Be loyal to your word. Do your utmost to keep your promises,
commitments and obligations. Establish a reputation of always being responsible
and dependable. Doing so will bring you personal peace of mind and well-being
Strive to be loyal in everything. If you do, God will be pleased, others
will benefit, and you will be rewarded since "a trustworthy person has many
blessings" (Proverbs 28:20, God's Word).
The Good News magazine is dedicated to sharing and encouraging biblical
values and Christian character. For more about loyalty and faithfulness, see
and Faithfulness: Fundamental to Relationships and Responsibilities."
If we seek and commit to this gift of God, we and all those around us will
be blessed greatly!
Good News circulation manager