Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Did You Murder Loyalty?

Nowadays, it is difficult to trust people. Ask most girls they will tell you “you cannot trust any guy” and ask guys they will tell you “you cannot trust any girl”. Trust is lacking because people have killed loyalty. Underneath the word trust lies an ingredient called loyalty. There is no loyalty today. It is dead! Men and women cheat because they are not loyal. Friends betray friends because they are not loyal. As for others, they just don’t now what is loyalty. Loyalty is a sign of true friendship.

Joseph of Arimathaea was a friend and disciple of Jesus. He was rich, but Jesus was poor. Yet that class disparity of material things did not keep them apart. One was spiritually rich while the other was materially rich. When Jesus died, him and another friend called Nicodemus still went boldly to Pilate (those who have killed their friend) to crave for his body knowing fully well he could be killed too. After all, those who called themselves his disciples had abduced and absconded into the oblivion; leaving the women to lament and wail. Pilate gave the corpse to them. They took it and wrapped it in a clean cloth, and then they buried it in his own new sepulcher which he had made for himself. I want you to learn a few things about loyalty and tell me if you are loyal. How many of us would risk our lives for our friend?

Years ago were two great friends who were loyal to each other. One of them owed the king some money, and he was supposed to pay it on a given date or die. His friend had a place where he thought he could go get the money to repay the king, but the king said he must bring a surety so in case he runs away; the surety would be his scapegoat. So his friend came and took his place in jail. Days passed, but he did not show up. The dateline was soon approaching. Minutes to the execution of his friend, he showed up to take his punishment because he could not get the money. The king decided to free both men. But before they left, the king asked the debtor’s friend how he could trust his friend that he was going to come back. Wasn’t him afraid of his life that his friend could abandon him there to skip town? He told the king that he has known him to be a loyal man.

Joseph or Arimathaea even gave his own sepulcher he had built for himself for Jesus to be buried in. He sacrificed the most precious thing he had for himself. Jesus to show us that loyalty to humanity gave his life so that we may live.

How many of you out there are ready to sacrifice for your friend? Are you loyal to your friend when he or she cannot even call you at certain hours? You will tell them you are sleeping. Can your friend beg for a ride at late hours without you grumbling? Can you help your homeless friend with a place to live without it being the talk of the town? How are you loyal to your wife when you do not even want to better her life?

Joseph and Jesus complimented each other. Jesus brought spirituality to the table and Joseph brought money. Just because Joseph gave Jesus money, he did not try to make him his footstool. Some of us want to make our friends slaves once we give them anything. How loyal are you? True friendship must be engrafted with loyalty.

Until then, learn loyalty and let it live.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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