The essence of Loyalty
Be loyal to people; more importantly, be loyal to God.
No all virtues require the same amount of effort. For example, patience takes a lot of work because we have to do something that goes against our natural impulsiveness. The same goes for purity. By contrast, the virtue of loyalty requires little effort, because it’s the natural extension of love.
Just telling someone, “I’m going to be loyal to you,” doesn’t prove your loyalty any more than telling someone, “I love you,” proves your love. When you announce your intentions and then follow through on your promises, you’re showing loyalty. When you defend the one you love from acccusations and misunderstandings, you’re being loyal.
It’s easy to be loyal to someone you love, but are you loyal to God? You’ve told God what you’re going to do, but have you followed through on your promises? You know what God has done for you, but have you defended Him when others accuse Him?
“I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1:16)