Quarterback Dan Marino made a commercial about gloves with this slogan, “Take care of the hands that take care of you.” He was referring to his teammates who protected him and made the big plays to help him win. You could say it this way, “If you’re going to be loyal to me, I’ll give you loyalty back.” Loyalty should be reciprocal, but it does not always happen that way.
You may give everyone in your circle, your club, your team, gloves to protect themselves, but occasionally you will find yourself laid out, tackled, devastated, and losing ground. The loyalty you thought you could count on was not given in return or maybe the glove is on the other hand. You just blew it, you were the one who hurt someone close to you. You broke loyalty and now you are no longer considered trustworthy. Both experiences are devastating. Friendships are broken, brotherhood and family ties are damaged. You are wondering, “Who can I trust?”
A lady came to a Church Biker Blessing broken and deeply wounded. Men she trusted as brothers and friends had abused her and left her wondering if she could trust anyone. She was told she could get help at this church. She shared her story and we told her that Jesus loved her and would never hurt her. She accepted Him as her Savior that day and found the love of the one whom Proverb 18:24 says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”
It is a hard to regain trust. There are things you can do to make things right. Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
It works best if both the offended and the offender seek to mend the relationship. Forgive if you are the offended and ask for forgiveness if you are the one who offended the other person. Reconciliation is an important part of a trusting relationship.
“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” – Robert Brault
Be loyal. Whatever it takes, save yourself heartache and pain. Be loyal!
“Take care of the hands that take care of you.”
Read Section 5.31 to learn how Jesus was betrayed.
It is by faith in the work of Christ alone that you are saved. This faith brings you to a place of decision where you can choose to make Jesus the captain of your life’s road rally. If you truly believe in your heart, salvation is as easy as A – B – C.
- ACCEPT …
your inability to save yourself and his gift
- BELIEVE …
in the finished work of Jesus on the cross
- CONFESS …
him as your Lord and Savior