The word loyalty means 1: the state of being loyal; fidelity and 2: faithfulness or devotion to some person, cause or nation.
Some stores, airlines, banks and gas companies have what is sometimes called “loyalty cards”. We earn points that when we accumulate enough, it entitles us to free merchandise or trips. Would we be this loyal to these companies if there were not the incentives offered?
Also when we think of loyalty we think of a “loyal sports fan”. it is easy to be a loyal sports man and support our team when it is doing GREAT! During those winning streaks more and more people will often “jump on the bandwagon”. But how about when your team is the bottom team in the league? It is SO tough to stay loyal, and many fans do fall away. I admire so much those who are able to do stay loyal through both winning streaks AND losing streaks.
In the Bible Peter brazenly announces his ultimate dedication of undying loyalty when he replies to Jesus “I am ready to die for you” (John 13:37). But later in scripture when the going got tough Peter denied that he even knew Jesus.
Human loyalty often is very fickle. But even though sometimes we mess up and fail, God is always loyal and faithful. God’s loyalty is unconditional. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be discouraged; do not be afraid.”