Why are strong relationships built upon a foundation of faith? In the Merriam-Webster dictionary faith is also defined as “allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty”. Loyalty is a crucial component to happy relationships because when two people are loyal to each other there is a feeling of strong support for the other person. Having someone have your back is an amazing feeling. Knowing that the people you love will be there when you need them, will think the best of you, and will do their best to help you is the essence of love. I’m not perfect and I haven’t always been this kind of friend. But it is certainly something to strive towards.
The older I have become and the more experiences I have had where people have let me down, the harder it has become to be loyal to people. But Jesus Christ taught “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away they coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. (St Matthew 5:39-41)”; so if I am faithful, I must strive to overcome my disappointments, hurts, pride, and petty feelings. With God’s help, painful incidents can give me the chance to develop a more charitable heart. And who knows, sometimes when you find love for someone who doesn’t deserve it, the process doesn’t only change your heart, it changes the offender’s heart, too.