As we begin the third chapter of the book of Proverbs, we see Solomon was speaking again to his son. He was giving an admonition to not forget his teaching.
But this goes beyond mere advice from a father to a son. This is something we can each take into our own hearts. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:1-4
Love and faithfulness are two qualities that should never leave us. Yet, we live in a world of unfaithfulness. People forget their promises or use loopholes to get out of them. We walk away from commitments. Love has become conditional. It seems to only last as long as we feel it or we decide that we are no longer happy. But these words tell us to bind love and faithfulness around our necks. We are to write them on our hearts.
We are to love the way God has designed us to love. We are to stay true to what God has called us to do.
Is it easy?
But this proverb reminds us to follow through. And with our commitment to these, comes a blessing.
We can win favor and a good name in the sight of both God and man.
That is a very good thing.
Lord, help me to keep Your commands. Help me to be faithful, today and every day.