“As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also…They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”
“…that older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in live, in patience…older women…be reverent…not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things…admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children…discreet, chaste…exhort the young men to be sober-minded…
It is because of the grace factor that we are touched by God and now live for God.
To truly say the words, “Not my kingdom but Yours – Not my will be done but Yours” come with a price.
I recently saw a quote from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings that went something like this…What can men do against reckless hate?
Loyalty defined: giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.
I recently listened to a friend lament over the loss of loyalty in his life. He indicated that over the past decade he has seen around his life a steady erosion of the principle of loyalty to God, family, and friends. Was he right?