Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

What's Around Your Neck?

Today's Life Journal Bible readingProverbs 1-3; Romans 7

"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."
Proverbs 3:3-4

It's fashionable in many "Christian" countries for people to wear a cross around their necks. This symbol of Christ's death and resurrection has become a symbol of what Christ's followers are known to believe, but not always what they live. Solomon suggests another quality or outwardly evident adornment around our necks - love and faithfulness. Not only should they be evident to others through our actions, words, and habits, but love and faithfulness should also be written on our heart tablets. Our heart tablets shape our motives, our meditations, our dreams, and our schedule. While for many, the symbol of a cross has lost its meaning, the reality of love and faithfulness are the deeper truths that lie behind Christ's death and resurrection. If love and faithfulness are our witness when we wear a cross, we, too, will win favor and a good name; however, it is our lifestyle and our actions which those around us are watching, much more than our jewelry.

"Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and faithfulness to me. Fill me with your love again today, so that others see you in me."