Proverbs chapter 3 is a beautiful portion of scripture. It’s filled with the words of a wise and loving father instructing his son to gain wisdom. I find the verse mentioned above to be fascinating, since it’s not merely a suggestion, it’s a command, and like all commands that come from a wise and loving father, it’s given with the child’s best interest in mind.
Make no mistake about it, this is written to every human being on the planet, not just children. Because our Heavenly Father, our creator, wants what’s best for each and every one of us, regardless of our age. Hanging in the balance of foolishness and wisdom is the purpose of our lives, namely an opportunity to know God.
But how ? How does one obey such a command ? How does someone bind mercy and truth around their neck and write them on the table of their heart ? How does anything become written on the table of your heart ? How dose something become a part of you, on display for the whole world to see, and with you everywhere you go ? … Through experience.
We are commanded by our wise and loving Father to have the ultimate experience with mercy and truth, an experience that will truly change us in every way from the inside out, you will never be the same, I’m talking about the moment you realize Jesus Christ is God and He died on the cross for your sins.
Sin has separated us from God. But God has done something wonderful for us, God became a man ( Jesus Christ ). He lived a perfect life without sin. He took that perfect life and gave it up to be an atoning sacrifice by dying on the cross for the sins of those who would repent and put their faith in Him, then three days later He rose from the grave in victory and is alive forevermore !
Many don’t realize that when God forgives sin it’s not as if God says ” don’t worry about it, no big deal “. On the contrary, God says ” sin is so terrible that it must be punished “, but then Jesus came and took the punishment for us, so that God could do the right thing ( punish sin ), and at the same time offer us forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life with Him.
Jesus Christ wasn’t just a great moral teacher, or an extraordinary man, He is God, He is The Son Of God, and He came that we might live. This is the ultimate truth and in this truth we find the ultimate mercy i.e., reconciliation with God.
A person who has such an experience can’t help but be merciful towards others, they can’t help but live in the truth, because they’ve been changed, it’s been written on their heart.
In His Service – Junior Reid