“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.”
The ‘Wisdom of Proverbs’ is that if any qualities characterise our lives and living they should be those of love and faithfulness.
They are so precious that we should bind them around our necks as royal garments and inscribe them deep into our hearts from which they will be sent out again with every heartbeat. They should be evident as we approach people, experienced in our dealings with them and remembered after we have left. And every commitment we make, task we undertake and product that we produce should be representative of such qualities.
These two great words, love and faithfulness, can easily be seen to hold within them the qualities to be seen in the fruit of the Spirit, described by Paul. As the Spirit’s fruit they are, therefore, the qualities to be found in God Himself. Certainly we can see them in the Jesus of the Gospels.
“the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
If a moment’s reflection shows us just how rare they are in the world today it should also reveal to us how much they are needed.
Pray for them and seek to live them out this week. Write them in your diaries and elsewhere to remind you.
Lord God, just as You have been so loving and faithful in Your relationship with me, please help me to be loving and faithful towards You and others, in all that I think and say and do. Amen.