Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Proverbs 3:3

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (NASB) 


Do not let kindness (checed: mercy, lovingkindness, goodness) and truth ('emeth: stability, continuance, faithfulness, reliableness of testimony, of judgment and of divine instruction) leave (`azab: forsake, depart from) you; bind (qashar: conspire, league together, tie) them around your neck, write (kathab: record, inscribe, engrave) them on the tablet of your heart (leb: mind, understanding, inner man, will, moral character, conscience, seat of emotions and passions).” 


Don’t let kindness, mercy, goodness, truth, faithfulness and reliableness of divine instruction depart from you. Tie them tightly around your neck, engrave them on the tablet of your inner man, where the seat of your emotions, character and passions reside. 


What an awesome reality to daily walk in. Also, what a challenge! There’s no debating that living in this world, bombarded by all of its engrained patterns, demands that we be tough, self-seeking and ready to defend ourselves at every moment. But the Scriptures always insist that we respond differently. Actions alone is entirely incapable of bringing this about on their own. As the Word always leads us back to – it’s an issue of the heart. The attributes of the sons and daughters of God must be engraved upon one’s innermost being. When kindness and truth are inscribed on the heart, they’ll have no problem making their way to the surface. Only the exchanging of one’s heart of stone to a heart of flesh (by the agape love of the Father) can allow one to be “tattooed” by these characteristics of Proverbs. So today, take the time, make the time, to do some heart evaluation. Above all else, open yourself before the Father and allow Him access to the deepest part of you – your heart. Then, powered and enabled by His awesome love, surrender to His guidance and write kindness and truth upon it. 

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