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Friends, do you have any friends in your life for which the title "friend" seems so inadequate because they are so much more than that to you? Do you have any friends who are more like family? Do you have any friends you would call on before calling on people who are actually related to you? If your answer is YES, well, you will completely understand the quality that makes it so as mentioned in our text today.
There are persons for companionship, but then there are friends who are more loyal than family. [Proverbs 18:24]
Today, we will reflect on LOYALTY. Do you have any friends who are more loyal than family?
The definition of LOYALTY is: A strong feeling of support or allegiance. We are loyal to ideas, traditions, products, and people. We are loyal for different reasons which might include personal comfort, consistent track record, fear of change, never considered alternative possibilities, etc. We are loyal for different reasons and our loyalty to various ideas, traditions, products, and people can serve us well. We can be rewarded for loyalty, promoted for our loyalty, celebrated for our loyalty, and get discounts for our loyalty.
But as it relates specifically to this verse, we are pressed to consider the reality that this special quality may not be reciprocated between those who we might assume "should be" loyal to us. Ideally, we want loyal parents and siblings and aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. We want our family to be loyal to us. We want to be loyal to our family. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Perhaps loyalty was never your family's thing or maybe it was broken and it is easier to find it in relationships beyond your family. Maybe you have been hurt by your family or neglected by your family or taken advantage of by your family or insulted by your family or overly criticized by your family and you do not trust your family to be there for you when you need them to be there for you.
There are so many reasons and scenarios for the lack of loyalty in your family. I pray that if healing and forgiveness needs to take place in your familial relationships, that you would experience the healing and forgiveness necessary for you all to be at peace.
But thankfully, according to our verse today, God will graciously provide the loyalty we need for our own growth, comfort, and success, in people who do not share the same bloodline. There are friends who will be there for you who are not family but become like family because they are LOYAL to you. Do you have any friends like that? And are you a friend like that to someone else?
This is a very special relationship and it is the type of relationship we all need. We need to know and we enjoy knowing that there are people who have our back. People who will defend us, pray for us, not be jealous of our success, and be genuinely happy for us. People who have our best interest at heart all the time. Friends, if you have at least ONE loyal friend, you are blessed, tremendously blessed.
Now BlogFam, go tell your friends, your loyal friends... THANK YOU!
God LOVES You and I Do Too!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
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