Summary: A look at the resolutions of Proverbs 3. Faith and Love
FAITH VS LOVE IS THERE A LINK
To understand this resolution, we need to have a look at each one of these aspects
Faith and Love
Are they bound together and linked without separation?
Marriage – Love someone – you are faithful to them.
Child – Love my son – I will faithfully look after him and bring him up
Pets – Dog loves his owner – he is very faithful.
Divine Plan – God so loved the world gave only son – attain everlasting life – need to have faith.
MIGHT OF THESE WORDS
I love you. I will never stop loving you. Unending love. You can even add it to a simple word like story and it changes everything. Now its not just a story, it’s a love story. The word love has weight.
I have faith in you my son. Tied to our essence – our beliefs. Its our belief in something. Tell story of abseiling/sky diving – faith in equipment. The shoot will open the figure of eight will work. Its things still to happen but we KNOW they will. Yes there is a measure of doubt, but they WILL work.
Both of these words are action AND attitude words. They are work and thought, hands and heart.
To give carries far less impact as to love. Loving may imply giving, but it implies the emotion or motivation to give too. Isn’t that why when we receive a gift we always say, it’s the thought that counts. The deed is one thing, but the though as well is something else. Very few words are deed and thought in one.
The resolution comes down to building your character. What a better way than to show more love and be more faithful.
May be able to quickly know what you can do about showing more love, but when combine love with faithfulness – loyalty mixed with responsibility, truth mixed with a desire for justice.
So in these qualities, thoughts and words merge into one and through what we do in our lives, what we think say and do, our very lives become evidence of how deep our faith and love run.
ACTIONS VS ATTITUDES
Do your actions measure up to your attitude? We may have all the right intentions in the world, but if we don’t follow through with them, we have no love or faith.
Does your attitude measure up to your actions? We may do all the right things outwardly, but if we are not doing them with the right attitude, we have done nothing!
FAITHFUL IN WHAT IS SMALL WE WILL BE FAITHFUL IN WHAT IS BIG!
Know that scripture well.
We have turned it around a little. Easy to be faithful in the big things sometimes.
Easier to be faithful in the big things as that’s obvious. Small things – another story.
Turn to Matthew 5
Read from 21.
Jesus speaks about MURDER. That means we don’t kill. Well that’s easy, but what about ANGER
Jesus shows that our OFFERINGS are important and we know this, but what about our TIME
We know that we must avoid ADULTRY
We know that DIVORCE
We know that we should always live up to our PROMISES. We seem to be faithful to promises made to man than we are to the ones we make to GOD.
Christ always taught that we do not do well seeking our own REVENGE. But we may have ruled out that vengeful side, but have we replaced it with mercy and true love of our neighbour and others? True Friends.
This year, pay attention to the small things. As our lives
GOD HAS FAITH IN US
That faith that we always say we have in God.