Loyalty is faithful adherence to one’s promise, oath, word of honour, etc.; conjugal faithfulness, fidelity. Faithful adherence to the lawful government; loyalty oath U.S., an oath, usually mandatory, required of a prospective public employee or other person in which he swears to abstain from subversive activities.The Oxford English Dictionary To be loyal is to be unswerving in allegiance, and implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray.Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Your exercise of loyalty reveals that with which you identify. Loyalty to God is the first Commandment: Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.—Deuteronomy 6:5 and Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.—Matthew 22:37-40

Loyalty is an absolute principle; God is loyal to His Creation. Your loyalty is inseparable from your honor and integrity. Loyalty is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and doing, a Via Christa Degree and a soul virtue.

Edna Lister on Loyalty

Your spiritual advance is judged by your faithfulness and loyalty to God and His law.—Edna Lister, July 25, 1938.

Be loyal and true, abiding always in charity and love.—Edna Lister, August 22, 1938.

Loyalty to God is our first Commandment. Live all it teaches: "To love honor above all things."—Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.

You must possess seven qualities in full measure to attain honor: purity, humility, compassion, empathy, loyalty, sincerity and gratitude. You must live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Loyalty is the greatest of virtues you can have on earth.—Edna Lister, March 12, 1941.

Your full loyalty is to God, not man. Loyalty to country is next to loyalty to God.—Edna Lister, April 29, 1948.

Loyalty to principle is honor. When you are loyal to God’s principles, you cannot act dishonorably toward one of His creations. You have nothing to fear when you give your loyalty to God or to principle. You honor God as personality, and are loyal to God as principle.—Edna Lister, Wearing Your Armor, November 15, 1953.

As you ascend to the heights in ascension, you realize that you must live under absolute honor and loyalty and by absolute truth. If you can be untruthful to someone to cover something up, you are dishonorable to God, and are on the skids. If you reach a point where you must do something, you can remain silent by entering the golden silence.—Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

A "simple faith" is compounded of honor, loyalty, and joy.—Edna Lister, The Way, Your Path, October 14, 1956.

Honor and loyalty are your first requisites in devotion to God. The world’s stubborn agnosticism is an inverted form of honor and loyalty. If you manage to convince a resolute agnostic about God, he later will be just as determined in his loyalty to God.—Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.

Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity and consideration above all things. Loyalty is steadfast allegiance to law, to become legal. You are loyal to your Source if you have honor, though you may not count the small loyalties on earth as parts of this. You become loyal if you stand with allegiance to absolute truth, as a creator of harmony who can stand in the midst of disharmony and say, "This is the truth," with deep love and respect for God. Remain in your golden silence, and pray in selflessness and unconquerable faith, if you cannot speak truth.—Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Honor and loyalty mate and the first born are integrity and consideration in action.—Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.

Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him.—Colossians 1:10. To "walk worthy" implies honor and loyalty to principle that leaves you unshakable.—Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.

Honor above all things and loyalty to God are fundamental laws and absolutely necessary principles. Your philosophy of life depends on how you interpret and apply the principles and laws you have learned on earth.—Edna Lister, Your Philosophy of Freedom, June 28, 1959.

Justice is stainless honor of soul above all, expressed as loyalty to God as your Source first before earthly loyalties.—Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959.

You live by justice, honor and loyalty, but there are many degrees of loyalty.—Edna Lister, December 14, 1959.

Under a challenge, you may make a statement of truth, but if you look back in doubt and fear, you are disloyal to God; the Power of Light can make anything right. You cannot count yourself as faithful when you are disloyal to the Master. If you don’t say, "This is Good," and remain loyal to it, you cut your own lines of Light. There is no belief or faith without loyalty backing honor and integrity. Honor, loyalty and integrity are the Son of Energy in action.—Edna Lister, Loyalty, Your Chief Officer, April 15, 1962.

Truth is a quality of the soul, a combination of the soul’s honor, loyalty and integrity acting through the individual.—Edna Lister, True Thought Forms Your Ideals and Desires, September 9, 1962.

You may not set aside the high principles of honor, loyalty and integrity to pander to personal desires of the little self.—Edna Lister, True Thought Forms Your Ideals and Desires, September 9, 1962.

Honor, loyalty and integrity must be your watchwords.—Edna Lister, November 29, 1962.

The laws are still the same and they are honor above all things, loyalty, integrity of intention that includes obedience to law beyond the world’s ability to comprehend, and attention to the slightest detail.—Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.

Honor, loyalty and integrity are the fruits of self-discipline and self-sacrifice.—Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.

A principled person must live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul.—Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

Your sincerity and loyalty are your protection; you must be loyal to your principles.—Edna Lister, Love, Your Radar, November 17, 1963.

You cannot explain honor, loyalty or integrity to one who does not know the Universal Father.—Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father’s Primacy, November 24, 1964.

You cannot have faith without loyalty.—Edna Lister, How Great Is Your Faith? November 13, 1966.

Morality means to live by loyalty to God, and honor toward God and man.—Edna Lister, The Great Modern Problem, November 12, 1967.

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Treatment for Inspiring Loyalty

From this hour forth I shall spend my life doing and practicing on earth what the love of God, what the faith of God, what the full honor of God, what the full loyalty to God dictates to me.—Edna Lister, June 26, 1951.

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of loyal: Old French leial, loial, from Latin legalis, "legal," from lex, leg-, "law."

Loyalty is an absolute principle.

Loyalty is an abstract principle.

Loyalty is a law of being.

Loyalty is a law of doing.

Loyalty is one of the 33 Via Christa Degrees.

Loyalty is a soul virtue.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2023

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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Loyalty (a): Edna Lister sermon outline; Palm Sunday, April 15, 1962.

Loyalty (b): Edna Lister sermon transcript; Palm Sunday, April 15, 1962.