Merciful and Truthful

My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:1-4

The Word of God is precious. It is life, health, and strength for all who believe and trust in Christ. There is no book, no writing, no anything that is quite like the Bible, God’s Holy Word.

Too often we neglect the sacred Scriptures. We lay it aside in favor of other pursuits. The author of Proverbs 3 corrects us and reminds us of the power of God’s Word. Daily reading and study of the Bible is a must for a Believer who hopes to grow and mature in their faith.

In this short passage, God’s people are taught to remember His Word. Christians should keep biblical truth at the forefront of their minds. What we are taught through Scripture should inform our daily lives. It should direct how we respond to others, how we view our selves and the world, and how we make decisions. Read, study, and obey the truths of Scripture, child of God.

Verses 3 and 4 bring to our recall two important truths. As we live by the Word of God, let us be merciful and truthful. The author uses figurative language to help us see the need to keep the truth at the forefront of our mind. Binding the truth to our hearts insures that we are continually in touch with the principles of Holy Writ.

But, we are always to exercise and live in the truth while applying mercy. We are all sinners who need a Savior. Our role is not to be final judge and jury in the lives of others. We are to point them to Jesus, the Truth, mercifully and lovingly. As Ephesians 4:15 tells us, “speak the truth in love.”

Holding truth and mercy in tension will allow us to be faithful to Christ in this present age. When we apply the Scriptures in this way, the truth of God goes forth and lives are changed. Thanks be to Almighty God for His glorious Word!

Tony French

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