Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Proverbs 3:3-4

verses 3-4: “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Think about this for a minute….what is the part of you that can tell truth or lies….kindness and meanness…sometimes, in the same breath?

The mouth.

Where does the air flow through and the voice reside that allows you to speak?

The throat (generally speaking).

What part of the body contains the throat?

The neck.

Bind kindness and truth around your neck….keep them close…for what is in us will come out of us. For you will speak what’s on your heart…so what’s written on the tablet of your heart?

Have a blessed day!

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verse 12: “We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearance, and not in heart.”

Human pride is sinful; it leads to boasting and focusing on self a lot more than it should. Everyone, though, wants to be appreciated. You want to hear the words, “I’m so proud of you, son” or “You have done so good, daughter”. Ultimately, as Christians, we want to hear at the end of our journey, “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

Paul here (through the verse and some research in the Holman commentary) is reminding the Christians that, we’re not boasting in ourselves, but we tell you about all we (and specifically Paul) have been through in our missions, so that you may delight and take joy in us.

“An answer for those who take pride in appearance, and not in heart.” To look at Paul, you might not think he was a successful missionary. Here’s a guy who’s been run out of towns, beaten, persecuted, jailed…probably showing the wear and tear of all these physical hardships he’s endured. Doesn’t look like some of these television preachers today, all clean and well-dressed and attractive. (Bear with me, I’m not slamming on all TV preachers, just those that seem to attract based on style and not substance!) But you couldn’t question Paul’s heart; he was committed, “sold out” for Jesus totally, and faithful to the end.

May we have that faithfulness today in our daily walk!
Have a great day in Him!

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