“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your
neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 4 Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation” (Proverbs 3:3-4, NLT).
I did not intend to write an article today, but after I read my morning devotional, I looked over to the right in my Bible study software and Proverbs 3:4 was at the top of the page. As I read, “you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation” I had to scroll up a little to read the passage and find out what it was talking about. In this case, “curiosity killed the cat” (no animals were harmed in the research or in the writing of this article).
When I scrolled up I found the qualities that I try to exude to others; “kindness” and “loyalty.” Being loyal is one of the easiest traits for me to exhibit. Naturally, I stick with others and genuinely want to help them. When I read this verse, I felt I was halfway there. I always try to be kind to all people, but I am also human and I feel like we all have room to grow in this area. I feel most the time I am kind to others, but there are times when my patience is tried. My patience could be tested with my students in the youth ministry, adults within the church or others who are around me.
More often than with the students or adults within the church, I can be tried with keeping my peace with others around me. For instance, right now I am sitting at Starbucks with my skinny Peppermint Mocha and I have two women next to me, who are speaking so loudly they are irritating everyone around us and yes, it is trying my kindness. I am trying to keep smiling and keep on writing. …And so far, I am doing good! 🙂 My point is this, sometimes people try our patience and it can be easy to lash out, but we must keep our motives in check and display kindness.
Loyalty reminds me of my last pet. His name was Prince. He was a good dog and was probably more loyal to me than to anyone else. There were times when I did not deserve the loyalty, but he was still loyal to me. This is how our loyalty must be with others. We should construct our loyalty not on our state of mind within a particular moment, but on the ability to follow a person holistically.
Loyalty and kindness will bring about a special favor from both people and God, just as stated in Proverbs and when presented in every fabric of our life, it will bring about a good reputation. Be intentional in loyalty and kindness and find favor with God.