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In an age of self-interest, perhaps loyalty seems like a foreign concept. But we all devote ourselves to any number of things. And if we’re not careful, false loyalty blocks the deep purposes God has for us.

Loyalty is our devotion to certain people, places, and ideas – our unwavering support through the good, the bad, and the ugly of life.

And generally speaking, loyalty is a virtue we need more of in our life and relationships.

But sometimes our loyalty is misguided or misplaced.

False loyalty is when we commit to something or someone that robs us of God’s best for us.

It’s our devotion to things not of God.

For example, we stay at the same job for years afraid to step out and explore the deep desires God has placed on our heart. Our “loyalty to the job” is more about our own comfort rather than wholeheartedly following God’s call for our life.

Likewise, we might hold to some friendships because of how much they were there for us in the past. But this is also a false loyalty if these friends now hold us back from the man God has called us to be.

The expression of our loyalty often changes from one season to the next.

It’s not that we bail once things get hard, but rather we hold firm to and don’t lose sight of the deeper purposes God has given us.

We must not confuse our commitments only meant for a season with those intended for a lifetime.

Our ultimate loyalty is to God. And our loyalty to anything else remains only as long as it allows us to honor our first commitment.

Be loyal.

But don’t let false loyalty block what God has for you.

Stay true to the deep purposes he has for your life.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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