What does the Bible say about loyalty? For Christians, how is loyalty practiced in everyday life? Is there a biblical standard for loyalty?
Scroll down to see our most popular bible verse about loyalty in ranked order and learn about what The Bible teaches us about loyalty.
Loyalty is one of the most important Christian virtues. But for Christians, The Bible is not just about following set rules, it is about the principle of knowing wrong from right in all situations. Here, we explore how you can apply some of those principles of loyalty in day to day life and the benefits this can bring.
What Is Loyalty for Christians?
Loyalty in the Christian context starts first in making a commitment to follow Christ. That commitment is to a relationship with God. In being loyal to God and staying faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ, you will become a loyal person in all aspects of your life.
Loyalty will bring peace and prosperity and certainly in comparison to being disloyal. This is because being a loyal Christian means being loyal to others such as your partner and loved ones. In doing so you will build trust, and in building trusted relationships with others you (and they) can thrive and achieve. In doing so, we make the world a better place for us and everyone else.
What Does the Bible Say About Loyalty?
Unsurprisingly, the book of Proverbs provides us with our Top 3 Bible Verses about Loyalty (see our list below). Something about the simplicity of teachings in Proverbs appeals to us and stay engrained in our minds when we are facing testing times. The New Testament is also full of many examples of the importance of loyalty and the story of Jesus himself shows us the importance of loyalty for us as Christians.
How Do I Develop Loyalty as a Christian?
As a Christian, the most important thing we can do for our faith is to carry out the teachings of Jesus Christ. In doing so it’s important to spend time in prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool that can help us develop better relationships with God, our community, and other people.
A loyal Christian is…
1. Loyal to God
2. Loyal to their Faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
3. Loyal and committed to attending Church.
4. Loyal and devoted to their Partner.
5. Loyal to their Family and Friends.
6. …..and in doing so, are loyal to themselves.
Below is the full list of bible verses on loyalty (King James Version – KJV). The list is ranked in order of popularity and we hope you find the inspiration you need.
Most Popular Bible Verses About Loyalty
“24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
“17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
“21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”
“16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”
“1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
“1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,”
“13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
“3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”
“4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.”
1 Corinthians 13:7
“7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
“33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
“13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.14 Let all your things be done with charity.”
“15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”
1 Samuel 24:6-10
“6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.”
“9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”
1 Corinthians 4:2
“2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
“8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
“6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”
“17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
1 Samuel 26:6-16
“6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord.16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the LORD’S anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.”
“16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
“28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.”
“10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.”
Related Themes: Friendship
2 Timothy 2:13
“13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
“13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
“21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:”
Related Themes: Children
“15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”