Quite An Attraction
“Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.” Proverbs 19:22-23
Our world seems totally focused on looking a certain way. We live in age of makeovers and we are enamored with looking a certain way. Unfortunately, the world’s definition of beauty is all about physical appearances. While there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and trying to make ourselves look better, the problem is when it becomes the sole focus of our lives.
Proverbs 19:22-23 gives us a much different idea of what makes us really attractive. The Bible says there that loyalty makes us attractive. What does the idea of loyalty mean to a Christian? First, I am convinced that it means we are to be loyal to our God. As the commandment says, we should let no other gods come before Him. God should be the preeminent relationship of our lives. He should not have to compete with our careers, our other relationships, our pursuit of things, or anything else for that matter. God should have our hearts completely.
Next, I believe that God calls us to be loyal to our families. Put simply, this means that we should always seek their best and prioritize them above all else after our relationship with God. We should place safeguards in our lives to ensure that we stay loyal to our families. Our spouses and children should never wonder if we love them.
In addition, the quality of loyalty should permeate every aspect of our lives. It should be seen on our job, in our churches, and in the community. Proverbs tells us in verse 19 that this quality makes us attractive. When we live this way, we will earn the trust of others. Better yet, I believe that we will earn the trust of God so that He may use us beyond anything we could have ever imagined.
The passage above goes on to say that living with a loyalty and fear of the Lord will lead to life. This type of lifestyle will lead to an abundant life. An abundant life according to God is one that is filled with His fruits. Fruits such as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Moreover, this passage tells us that loyalty and a fear of the Lord will also bring us security and protection. We can live in the security that God loves us and because of our trust in Him we can live with the knowledge that we will spend eternity with Him. We can also experience the peace of knowing that in this world we are secure in Him and that He is watching over us. All of that sounds pretty attractive to me. That is truly a retirement package that is out of this world.
Finally, the world’s idea of beauty and attractiveness will fade with age and time. God’s idea of being attractive in Proverbs 19:22-23 is one that will never fade. It is an attraction that is here to stay.