07/04/15 – 194
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us
Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back 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. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
These are two of the greatest examples of loyalty in the scriptures. One of the ways we studied in which Jesus demonstrated His love was by being loyal to others – to God the Father, to His disciples, even to those who rejected Him. Why? I believe there were two reasons. First, because He loved. Second, because in that love, He had made a commitment – a covenant. A promise.
As simple as it might sound, one of the best ways that we can show someone we love them is to do the same – keep our promises to them. Just ask a child whose parent doesn’t, or the wife of an unfaithful husband. We have talked many times about the importance of covenant, but here I’m just saying that if you love someone as Jesus did, keep your commitments!
We seem to have somehow moved to a place where commitments don’t matter. We make appointments and don’t keep them, never giving a thought to the other person. We sign up to help with a project at church, and then don’t show. We promise to do something for our spouse or our children, then we’re just ‘too tired’. Or something else comes up that sounds more attractive or fun. Or whatever.
The point is… your word counts. Even if you don’t say the words ‘I promise’. Even if something else comes along that you’d rather do. If you love someone, you keep your word to them. Even if….especially if….it becomes difficult or inconvenient. In fact, that will be the true test of your character – and of your Christ-like love. Not when it’s easy, but when it’s tough.
Let’s pray today that the Holy Spirit would strengthen you in every way to help you keep the commitments and promises you make no matter what, that you may show your love for others through your loyalty to them.