Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburg Steelers, wears a necklace. On that necklace is a cross expressing his faith in Jesus Christ. Some men wear an expensive gold-braided necklace. Many women wear valuable necklaces made of gold, silver, or platinum. Of course then there are the beautiful and cherished diamonds that often accompany these beautiful pieces of jewelry.
What you put around your neck usually means something important to you. Perhaps someone important loves you, or you want to display a symbol significant to you, or that you have success in life producing the ability to purchase such an expensive item.
The Bible tells us to bind around our necks the merciful loving-kindness and faithful love of God. Proverbs 3:3 says “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
The implications of what Jesus said are the two greatest commandments are indeed extraordinary! He said to love God with your entire being and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus’ followers must love him more than they love their own family, their business, their hobbies, and even more than their own lives.
The writer in Proverbs 3:3 says that not only are you to bind this kind of love around your neck but also write it on the tablet of your heart. So it is to be both external and internal.
The Scriptures says that this internal love is to be fervent, compelling, speaking the truth, and demonstrated by sharing with others your earthly possessions
So since what you wear around your neck is something usually highly valued, is this kind of extraordinary love highly valued by you? Do you bind around your neck and write on the tablet of your heart this love?
The only way to be able to produce this kind of love is to be totally stunned by the extraordinary love of God for you through his son Jesus Christ. Please believe him and receive him.
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