February 23

As humans, we always want to be on the receiving end of the stick. We want everyone to be loyal to us but we do not put much effort into being the loyal friend that our friends need us to be. What we know and what we often go after is “give me.” If we stopped expecting so much out of others and strive to be half of what we expect them to be we will be better off in many ways.

Words are the easiest things to say, they only require a breath to utter them, and we often times utter them without even a second thought. We can all attest to the fact that words aren’t our problem because we can make all the promises in this world. The problem rather is the action that is required of us in being a reliable friend.  To be loyal and trustworthy calls for there to be consistency in communication, thoughtfulness, and mindfulness of one’s feelings, etc. We are far too often quick to say we are a loyal friend who is without any reliable friends without even checking ourselves and the role we play when it comes to our friendships. We must ask ourselves if we have been supporting our friends in a way that shows them we are reliable.

We need to recondition ourselves to the point where it’s not always only about us, but also about those we claim to love. The truth is, it is not always going to be about you. We cannot expect loyalty and reliability if we ourselves aren’t willing to give it. Check your motives, and make a declaration and a promise to yourself to be a loyal and reliable person.

Proverbs 20:6

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

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