What you say flows from what is in your heart. – Luke 6:45
1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
2 IF you do this, (THEN) you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.
3 (IF you) Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! (IF you) Wear them like a necklace, as a reminder.
(IF you) Write them deep within your heart.
4 THEN you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.
In the first few verses of Proverbs Chapter 3, Solomon utilizes cause and effect. If you do ____, then _____ will be the result. You’ll notice in bold type, and in ( ), if/then that I’ve added for emphasizing the cause/effect relationships in verse 1-4.
From the opening of chapter 3 we’re reminded – NEVER forget the things I’ve taught you, store them in your heart.
Verse 2 – IF you follow these principles (throughout the Book of Proverbs and the Bible)
THEN you’ll live long and have a satisfying life (you’ll be content, fulfilled)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33
Verse 3 – we see two particular character traits mentioned, loyalty and kindness. A character trait is a distinguishing factor(s) that is specific to an individual.
How do we recognize character traits in people? Their attitudes and beliefs are reflected in their actions.
A loyal person is someone another person/people can count on. They are faithful. As in the example of a husband and wife in marriage, or an employee to an employer, or a friend to a friend.
A kind person is someone who looks out for best interests in another. Like a big sister making sure her little brother crosses the street safely, helping a kid who dropped their books in the hall, or holding a door open for someone.
Verse 3 goes on to say that our attitudes/beliefs are demonstrated by the actions we take. Wear loyalty and kindness like a necklace. An outward sign. Write them deep within your heart. Internalize them. Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think – Romans 12:2
We’ve all heard the saying, actions speak louder than words. Not only do actions speak louder than words, but actions actually speak/reflect our internal attitudes/beliefs. The words, feelings, and thoughts that no one sees or hears. Yet, as hard as we may try to suppress our innermost attitudes/beliefs, our actions are acting like a megaphone announcing the “hidden” internal world of our hearts.
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