Wisdom for great relationships with people

(Day 3 of 31 Days of Wisdom, blog series)

One of my favorite verses in the book of Proverbs is actually found in chapter 3. Verses 3-4 give us a key to what it takes to have great relationships:

“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.”

 

Two words to focus on in these verses: mercy and truth. Believe it or not, if you become a prisoner to mercy and truth you will never have a problem maintaining healthy relationships. Why? These are the two things people want most from you. They want you to be merciful (or non-judgmental) but they hate it if you’re not truthful with them. They want you to be honest with them even when it may hurt but they never want you to be condemning of them.

Are you full of mercy and truth? This is the key to great relationships. Verse 4 says, “And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” Do you want favor with God and man? Bind mercy and truth around your neck.

I find it interesting that it says to ‘bind’ mercy and truth around our neck. It could have said to bind them to our hands, arm, leg, or other body part. But I believe it says neck because you cannot go where your neck doesn’t go.  It’s possible to be detached from your hands, arms, or legs. But if you are detached from your neck, you are no longer alive. That’s how important mercy and truth are. We should see possessing them as a matter of life and death. If they are bound around our neck wherever they flow we will go. Whatever they say, we will say. Whatever they demand, we will yield to. When mercy and truth are like a ring around our neck, we are prisoners to them. The lasting result is favor and high esteem with God and man. Whoa!  That’s very awesome.

I pray that as you go about your day you will allow mercy and truth to be your guide and will experience lasting favor with God and man.

Love,

Ernst

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