The Necklace of Truth

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 3

Gold Nugget
Verse3-4: 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. 

Considering Proverbs chapter 3 is one of my favorite all-time chapters, it was difficult to pick out today's gold nugget. I have determined to be content with just verses 3 & 4 for this month. Inside these two verses lies a very important biblical principle that has shaped a large portion of the way that I live my life. 

As a prerequisite to understanding the lesson in these verses, let us first review a commonly known truth concerning grace. It is known that grace is "unmerited" favor.  Although this is true of grace, it does not define grace. Actually, grace and mercy are both unmerited favor.  The more precise definition is that grace is an unmerited gift, while mercy is an unmerited pardon. Both are unmerited. You did not merit the gift of salvation and you did not merit the pardon of sin. 

Now that we understand unmerited favor, let's take a look at some merited favor. Yes, we can earn favor. These verses clearly illustrate the ability to earn favor with God and man. This kind of favor is conditional upon our obedience and adherence to His laws and His truths. If you read the chapter from verse 1 through verse 4, you will see that the requirement to earn (or merit) this type of favor requires our obedience to His laws. 

What laws, Steve? We are not under any laws! Really? Sure we are. Yes we are New Testament Christians, but receive this New Testament scripture from Hebrews 8:8-10

8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 

We have truths that God has written in our hearts from being in a relationship with him. Things He has taught us in our walk. There are laws that He has written in my heart. These laws that I have "bound about my neck and written on the tablet of my heart." and have witnessed the favor of God and man that I tie directly to adherence to these laws. I still benefit from living under grace and know that my weakness in these areas does not hinder my salvation, but it does hinder the favor needed and desired for my day to day living.

Lord, help me to recognize the things you have taught me and implement them in my daily living. I want to bind the truths that you have revealed to me about my neck and write your laws in my heart. I do want the favor of you and people that often have power over me, whether in the workplace or any other area. I love you, Lord and want to follow your leading. Amen

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  1. Thank you honey, these help me everyday to better understand. I'm very proud of you for your commitment to God and helping his people. I love you. Michelle

  2. Thank you for your support, sweetie. As you can see, I am trying some different layouts. I can't make up my mind which one I like the best.

  3. No doubt that when Steve fell in love with Michelle, he paid attention to her likes and dislikes, preferences and reactions. He bought her gifts that would please her and demonstrated behavior that would please her. It's the same with God. We need to pay attention to His likes and dislikes, His preferences and reactions. We can behave in manners that would glorify Him, honor Him. The best way we can learn about Him is through His written Word, even the Laws which are His likes and dislikes, preferences and reactions.