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Thursday, April 06, 2006

The two words we love to hear.

Today we start one of the most profound chapters of Proverbs, chapter number three. I say it's profound because it covers so many of the events that we face in life. So we're going to spend a little time here and see how we can apply it to our lives.

We're going to first take a look at Proverbs 3:3,4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Love and faithfulness, two words that are like music to the ears. One of the greatest examples of love and faithfulness is that of Jesus going to the cross to die for us. Luke 9:51 says As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Jesus was resolute, which means He wasn't going to let anything get in His way. He knew that He was going to die a brutal death. He knew it was the only way for us to be reconciled with God. He knew the pain that he was going to endure, but He loved us enough to show us what faithfulness truly means by taking it all for our sins. He died so we could live forever, now that's love and faithfulness. It absolutely amazes me that He cares about us so much but asks for so little in return. Even when we turn our backs on Him, He remains faithful and willing to always take us back. Show God your love today by putting Him before your own needs, He did.

Verse 4 says Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. I've heard people say that they only have to please God, and I agree that it's the most important thing to do, but we can't forget to be good examples of Godly people. I'm sure that most of you have heard the old saying that says, "I have to watch how I act, I might be the only Bible people read." What that adage is saying is that people see the love and faithfulness of God reflected in the way we act. Titus 1:16 says They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. How many times have you seen someone who you thought was steadfast in their faith do something that you know was wrong? How did it make you feel? Did other people who weren't Christians see it, and if so how did they react? Once again, nobody's perfect, and we're certainly forgiven, but when we accept Jesus into our lives, people watch. We're the ambassadors of Christ, let's make Him proud of us. Let others who don't know Him see us as a positive influence. Show love and faithfulness through our actions.

Show God your faithfulness and love today by spreading His Word, and living His example of love by caring for others. Do a good deed for someone today that will make them know that you're a Christian. Show that Jesus is in you by your actions.

Have an awesome day today, and pray for someone that nobody else cares about...:)

In Him,
Pastor Mike


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