A Recipe for Pleasing God and Man. . .

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts, Uncategorized |

Monday night Proverbs 3:3-4 jumped out of my Bible and slapped me right in the face.


“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find good favor in the sight of God and man.”


What struck me first was the combination of mercy and truth. I find in today’s culture that these two don’t seem to coexist very well. Not even in Christian circles.


As Christians we are called to show mercy. We are to love the unlovable. We are to be Jesus to the world. We are to meet their needs.


We are also called to uphold the truth. We are not to compromise. After all, we are to be salt and light, not just one of the gang.


But we are told to be merciful.


And so it goes.  The problem is that we seem to get one or the other right, just not both. Evidently this isn’t a new problem. After all, in the verses above God said not to let them forsake you. That makes it sound to me like mercy and truth are just as likely to wonder off than hang around your neck.


I thought of my winter scarf and the way I have to tie it in a knot around my neck or it gradually slides one way or another. Kind of like truth and mercy, isn’t it.


I find this especially interesting in light of the polarization that is present in our country. It pervades every area of our culture. You can see it in churches, families, and politics. People are so sure their way is the absolute right way that they can’t even listen to another perspective.


I’m just saying.


The last part of that verse says to write mercy and truth on the table of your heart. I think about when the sidewalk was put in at the church when I was a child. I know that I wanted to put my hand print in it. I had seen sidewalks with prints in them and it captured my imagination. Just think, someone years later could see my handprint there and know I had been present. Of course the fear of the Lord and my Daddy prevented it.


We should write mercy and truth on our hearts so they are always there. So that everyone can see they are there.


The next verse is extremely interesting to someone who tends to be a people pleaser. I heard a great message a couple of weeks ago challenging us to be God pleasers, not people pleasers.


I propose that according to these verses there is a way to be both! If you can find the balance between mercy and truth, you will please God and man.


Now that is something worthy of my efforts. Mercy. And Truth.