Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

“Are you LOYAL?”

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Do you have any friends who are loyal? I am talking about friends who have been with you through thick and thin. Maybe your loyal friends have been with you since elementary school, high school or college. I am sure they have seen you through some good days and bad days. There is nothing like having a loyal friend. Are you known for being a loyal person? The 7th word that will totally transform your 2021 is the word “LOYAL.”

Let’s talk about what it means to be “LOYAL.” The dictionary defines loyal as; faithful to one’s oath commitments or obligations. It also means being faithful to any leader, party, cause or any person. God used this word to remind me to keep being loyal to Him. He said no matter what, I want you to keep reading, keep praying and keep worshipping me. The verse that spoke to me is II Chronicles and it says; For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” This word reminds me of the word faithful, but this verse specifically says the Lord wants to show Himself strong on behalf of those who have a loyal heart. As I read the book of Chronicles, I have noticed how displeased the Lord is when leaders, kings and people in general were not loyal to Him. Sometimes the father would be loyal but not the son. Other times the son displayed loyalty but not the father. God wants us to be loyal to Him. Are you loyal to Him?

My question for this week is; “Are you loyal?’ Are you loyal to your spouse, family, friends and the things that matter? Inquiring minds want to know. As Christians many of us have been accustomed to going to a church building to worship the Lord. However, because of COVID many are still not able to return to their church building. The question is are you still being loyal to God by worshipping Him with or without an actual building. God is looking for loyal hearts. Many marriages are not making it through the pandemic because couples are choosing not to be loyal to the covenant that they made to God and certainly not each other. God is able but will you be loyal?

There are blessings in being loyal. In II Chronicles 16 the Lord said; He wants to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. Father teach us how to be loyal to You. Help us to be loyal in our covenant relationships and in our commitments. Forgive us for not being loyal to You. I don’t know about you, but when the Lord’s eyes go to and fro, I want Him to see me as one of His loyal ones. What about you? If we want Him to see us as loyal, we must live a loyal life!

Until next week. . .

Carolyn

ps If you are a married woman who would like to spend 7 weeks on a journey of learning how to be a wiser wife, please join me in the Marriage from A to Z Focus Study (virtual class) from March 10th – April 21st on Wednesdays@7 PM. To register click this link. https://fbcglenarden.org/the-institutes/

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