“Do not let mercy and kindness and truth
leave you [instead let these qualities define you];
Bind them [securely] around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Proverbs 3:4 (AMP)
I read the Amplified Bible’s translation of Proverbs 3:4 and wondered how to implement it in my life. Especially the last part of it, “Write them on the tablet of your heart.” Thankfully, the VOICE translation provided insight. It reads, “Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth; engrave then on a pendant, and hang it around your neck; meditate on them so they are written upon your heart.”
Okay, meditating on mercy and kindness and truth is how I write them on my heart. But how is meditating on mercy and kindness and truth connected to loving well, especially loving myself well? Because to mediate on these qualities, I have to first focus on the One who is Truth, the One whose mercy (also translated lovingkindness), is from “everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 103:17), and whose kindness is unfailing (Jeremiah 31:3). And as I mediate on Him and the mercy He has shown me, I am reminded to show mercy to those who hurt or disappoint me. And forgiveness is both an act of obedience and an act of self-care, a way of loving myself, because it liberates me.
This post was written for Day 12 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Write.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here or the image below.