The role of loyalty and commitment in healthy relationships
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" - Proverbs 17:17
In any relationship, whether it be romantic or platonic, loyalty and commitment are vital. The Bible tells us that a true friend loves at all times, even in difficult or trying situations. In the same way, a healthy romantic relationship is built on loyalty and commitment to one another. "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" - Proverbs 17:17.
Being loyal and committed means standing by our partner through good times and bad, and supporting them through challenges and adversity. "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift" - Matthew 5:23-24.
It also means being faithful in our actions and thoughts, and honoring the commitment we've made to our partner. This can be hard sometimes, there will be temptations, but we should always keep in mind the promises we made. "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" - Matthew 5:28.
Loyalty and commitment also require vulnerability and openness, being able to share our thoughts, feelings, and struggles with our partner. "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body" - Ephesians 4:25.
When we are loyal and committed to our partner, we build trust and intimacy, which strengthen the relationship and deepen our connection. This kind of loyalty and commitment also reflects God's faithfulness towards us, and our willingness to abide by His commandments in our relationship.
We are called to love and support our partners through good times and bad, to be faithful in our actions and thoughts, and to be open and vulnerable with one another. By keeping these principles in mind and with God's guidance, we can strengthen our relationships and deepen our connections with others.
Pray with us
Dear God, help us to be faithful and loyal in our actions and thoughts, to support and stand by our partners through the good times and the bad, and to be open and vulnerable with one another. Grant us the strength and courage to honor the commitments we have made and to resist temptations that might compromise our loyalty. Amen.