A LOYAL HEART
Suggested Reading: 2 Chronicles 25
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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 25:2
And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart.
What can we learn from King Amaziah? Loyalty to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and loyalty one to another as fellow believers in Christ, is so very important. This could be described as true friendship. Loyalty says, “You can count on me to be true to you, to be there for you, to do my best to serve you in good times and bad, in sickness and in health.” This is sounding like the marriage vows. Well — maybe that’s not far off. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25-27 that we men are to love our wives as Christ loved the Church. According to the book called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” there are three kinds of believers in the church: hot, cold, and lukewarm. Revelation 3:14-22 would be a good New Testament reading for today.
Even after his initial disobedience, God gave Amaziah other chances. He sent a prophet to him and Amaziah listened to him, but he soon fell away again. As we read this, God may be calling us to repentance once again. Let’s hear His voice and obey!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ, modelled true loyalty. I pray for that kind of 100% loyalty to You and to all those to whom I’ve given my word of commitment. Please forgive me for those times when my love for You and others is less than hot (lukewarm). I repent and trust You for the fire of Your Spirit to burn white hot within me every day. In Jesus’ Name I ask for the blessing of true loyalty, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Through the years I’ve trusted God for the blessing of loyalty. Loyalty works both ways. I am loyal to God, to my family, to my church, to my community, to my country, and for the last 13 months, to my blog readers. Yes, that’s you I’m writing about! You are in my heart as my new extended family. I’m so very thankful to God for you. I want the very best for you. I pray for you who respond to the blog often by name, in the same way I pray for my family members, for the leaders of the Crossroads ministry, for my neighbours of the last 60 years. It always amazes me how I can remember names when I pray. I believe God brings names to my mind. Of course, when I say those names before God every morning of my life, my memories stay fresh.
I ask for the prayers of all who read this blog… for me, my family, and for the Crossroads ministry people in particular.
Yours for the fire of the Holy Spirit within us, keeping us “HOT” with a loyal heart!