Ruth… The Submitted One
Things had not turned out as Ruth had expected. She was young, pretty and married in a good family; then tragedy struck. Her father-in-law, the leader of the little clan died first, then shortly afterward her husband and his brother died, leaving only Ruth, her sister-in-law and her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Now she is a widow in a family devastated by tragedy. What would she do? How could she survive? With all of these things happening Naomi tells her to go home to her family.
That wouldn’t work for Ruth. She had made a commitment to her new family. Her cry became, “Don’t urge me to leave you.” Her commitment was, “Where you go I will go… Your people will be my people and your God my God.” It is a wise person who commits themselves to people of character.
Ruth’s commitment to Naomi is a display of the valuable character trait of loyalty. There is no greater friend than one that is not influenced by circumstances and the opinion of others.
Loyalty is tested by hardship and when it is practiced it becomes a quality that releases many blessings – blessings from the Lord and blessings from others. Make loyalty to your friends a priority.
Prayer: Lord, Loyalty is a character trait that I need to practice more often. Grant me the grace to see the value of maintaining relationships even when it seems that the cost is greater than the benefit. Amen.
Message: There is no greater friend than one that is not influenced by circumstances and the opinion of others. Loyalty is tested by hardship and when it is practiced it becomes a quality that releases many blessings – blessings from the Lord and blessings from others. Make loyalty to your friends a priority.
Affirmation: Loyalty is a gift and when possessed it leads to great blessing from God and from others. I am committed to being loyal, first to God then to other believers he places in my life.
Reflection: How is loyalty to God and loyalty to our relationship with others related? Give some thought to the reasons Ruth committed herself to Naomi. How was Ruth rewarded for her commitment to Naomi?
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