The Fifth Part of an Eight Part Series on The Seven Rules of Life Which Began on March 21, 2016
Solomon gives us Seven Rules of Life in the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs. The First Rule is the most important: Never Forget God. The Second Rule highlights the value of parents, while the the Third instructs us to hunt for God’s Wisdom. And with this foundation, we are encouraged to add a reputation for unwavering love.
Earn a Reputation for Unwavering Love
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4
Steadfast love and faithfulness – When Solomon says bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart, he means that we should not let them slip away from us. They should be permanent aspects of our character, as if they were written on our heart, or forever tied around our neck.
What is the quickest way to seriously disappoint another person: be unfaithful in your love for them. What causes a person to lose faith in another? He said he would always be true to me, but when I most needed him, he said he wasn’t interested anymore. Or, She lied to me, I guess, I’m not quite sure. She said she loved me, but my best friend saw her at lunch with someone else today!
Steadfast love and faithfulness is God’s definition of love. If we set out with a mission to Love Everybody, We may not know exactly what to do. God wants us to think in consistent terms: kind words and actions, giving an honest answer, and seeking to be know by those closest to us as strong and dependable in our love for them.
Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34
The Fourth Rule of Life: Earn a Reputation for Unwavering Love.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Professor – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Raleigh NC March 30, 2016