Welcome, Reader Friends and New Subscribers! In the process of writing Dark Zeal, COIL #5, which is based in Gaza, a story of loyalty emerged that took on new meaning for me. I believe you will benefit from this revelation as well.
How Loyal Am I?
At the heart of The COIL Series is a relationship between Agent Corban Dowler and ex-assassin Luigi Putelli. Theirs is a strange relationship, borne from violent intentions, then developed through adversity. Throughout, Luigi swears his loyalty to Corban because of the past mercy shown to Luigi.
But the true test doesn’t challenge Luigi’s love for Corban. That’s clear enough. The true test of loyalty is: does Luigi love others like Corban loves others?
Do You Love Me?
In John 21, Peter was asked if he loved Jesus. Peter said he loved Jesus, but with a close brotherly type of love only. Jesus wanted to know if Peter had learned anything about loyalty after he’d betrayed Jesus the morning of Christ’s crucifixion. Thrice asked, Jesus was seeking for Peter to love others like Jesus loves others—sacrificially, selflessly, and unconditionally.
Without spoiling Dark Zeal, let me tell you there is a moment when Luigi is at this same crossroads with and for Corban. What will he choose?
And what will you choose? It’s quite easy to profess love for Jesus. It’s a whole other matter to loyally love Jesus as Jesus loves others through us. Only then will we know what it means to tend His sheep. (John 21:15-17)
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COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY we have David’s Part III in his Forgiveness Series, “Adventure Characters with Dark Pasts.”