Friday, January 4, 2019

L O Y A L T Y
II Corinthians 7:3

How do you relate to your teammates when they’re at their best?  You probably congratulate them, look them in the eye, hang around and even embrace them.  How about on their worst days?  Do you ignore them, avoid them or even run and hide?  What does your heart tell you to do? 

In Paul’s second letter to his friends in Corinth at chapter 7 and verse 3, he wrote, “I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you.”  Even in tense, ugly circumstances like those experienced by the Corinthians, we must be loyal to our teammates, friends and family.

A loyal teammate will not run from another who has failed or otherwise fallen from favor.  Rather, that loyal one will run straight toward and embrace his/her fallen comrade.  Our teammates must occupy such places of honor and respect in our hearts that we believe the best about them and seek their highest good, even at our personal cost.

On his best day honor, respect and embrace your teammate, he’s worthy of that.  On his worst day, honor, respect and embrace your teammate, he’s worthy of that.

As you pray in preparation for today’s contest, ask God to fill your heart with commitment and loyalty for your teammates.  Win or lose, live or die, be a loyal teammate and friend.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 2:13-23
Acts 2:22-47
Genesis 9-11