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Monday, August 4, 2014

Loyalty beyond words and put into action!

The book of Ruth is a story of God’s Redemption. From the land of Moab, gleaning in the fields of Boaz and to the threshing floor the story finds its purpose in the kinsman (Gaurdian) redeemer. Ruth stays with her Mother-in-law, but Orpah decides to go home. We have no idea what happens to Orpah. God rewards loyalty and records Ruth’s story for all the ages to learn from and apply to our lives.
 
One of the most powerful prayers in the midst of suffering I have read was uncovered from the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp. Ravensbruck was a concentration camp built in 1939 for women. Over 90,000 women and children perished in Ravensbruck, murdered by the Nazis. Corrie Ten Boom, who wrote The Hiding Place, was imprisoned there too. The prayer, found in the clothing of a dead child, says:

“O Lord, remember not only the men and woman of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us: Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering, our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.”

To be obedient in the same direction is to remain faithful and loyal to God and the purpose to demonstrating His righteousness in our lives. Even when life is hard and circumstances are not according to our plans, it is a believers task to remain submissive to the power and grace of God. Roman 12:10 states; “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – in other words: Listen to your brothers and sisters. Associate with your fellow believers in Jesus. It is to control your tempter and refuse to react, but always respond. Ruth chose to respond. A follower of Jesus is loyal to the church and the word of God in every aspect of their life.

Do the people around you consider you to be loyal? 

You know I love ya, Don

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