Love, Labor & Loyalty-Pastor Bertha Cruz'Sein

Proverbs 21:21 (NKJV)

"He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor."

Proverbs 19:22 (RSV)

"What is desired in a man is loyalty."

Ruth 1:16-17 (NKJV)

“But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

Titus 3:1 (NKJV)

"Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work."

Romans 13:1 (NKJV)

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God."

Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV)

"A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity."

Matthew 26:33-35 (NKJV)

"Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples."

Matthew 26:69-75 (NKJV)

"Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly."

Psalm 78:8 (NKJV)

"And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation,

A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God."

Exodus 17:8-13 (NKJV)

"Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."

2 Chronicles 11:13-16 (NKJV)

"And from all their territories the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel took their stand with him. For the Levites left their common-lands and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to the Lord. Then he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the demons, and the calf idols which he had made. And after the Levites left, those from all the tribes of Israel, such as set their heart to seek the Lord God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord God of their fathers."

Psalms 84:10-11 (NKJV)

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

LOVE - Let us show Christ’s character by being loyal in our relationships, in our marriage, and in our ministries. Stay faithful to God’s calling in your life. Stay faithful in doing that which is good, right and godly. May we follow His example and be loyal in all our relationships!

LABOR - God is at work even in the worst of times. God sees into the future. God sees the end from the beginning. You can choose to stay faithful to God and His calling for your life, no matter how difficult the journey is. The God who sees Ruth through will also see you through.

LOYALTY - is a virtue. It is driven by a desire to honor God, to do the good thing, the right thing, to do the will of God. God rewards our faithfulness. Being loyal is part of what being a follower of Christ is all about.

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