Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

2 For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.

 Why must we be reminded not to forget the lessons we’ve learned? Perhaps it has more to do with the heart than the head. It is often desire, not ignorance, which pulls us into trouble. A person who knows a thing will hurt him may do it anyway, if desire overcomes him. Remembering may make all the difference in the moment of weakness.

 Length of days, years of life, peace. Who doesn’t want these things? Yet they come at a price which many are unwilling to pay. It is difficult to fight your own impulses, to remember the things you’d rather forget, to hold yourself accountable even when nobody’s watching. But it is worth it. What’s the alternative? Which is best for your future self?

 Kindness and truth are commonly misunderstood. They often require courage as well. When kindness is risky, when truth is inconvenient, courage is the deciding factor. It is not the weakling who resists temptation, who does the right thing, who is kind to the unpopular and speaks the truth even when it costs him. They may be mocked as signs of weakness, but kindness and truth are strengths. Do what you can to hold them tight, you won’t regret it. 

 

One thought on “Proverbs 3:1-4

  1. Bobbie says:

    Kindness and truth are like opposite sides of a coin. Proclaiming truth without kindness can be very hurtful and harsh. Showing kindness without being truthful is really not very kind at all. Jesus had the perfect balance of both and is the example we are to follow. Binding them around our neck, writing them on the tablet of our heart …. these are pictures of treasuring both of them. When we have both of them, it will lead to finding favor and good repute with God and man. What an important reminder!! “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.” Eph. 4:15.

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