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Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
 So you will find favor and good success
    in the sight of God and man.
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

A necklace is a beautiful adornment in our culture, a symbol of remembrance, important to its wearer. In Hebrew thought, the neck (translated as throat) was considered the seat of life.   Therefore, to bind love and faithfulness around your neck and write them on your heart is like recognizing you’re loved and you belong to God the Father with every breath.  It’s allowing your identity to be molded by God’s grace, wisdom and power in every moment of existence.

To embrace God’s loving discipline, we must be confident of being loved by him.  We must see corrective training in every experience out of love, not anger or retribution. It’s to motivate us to please the one who loves us and to make us the best we can be in our relationship to Him and others.  In the Father’s tender correction, there is an intimacy and a satisfaction of being fully known and fully loved.   This is what our heart truly longs for, was created for and it’s time to embrace it.

When you remind yourself you’re loved, you’re acknowledging God knows where you’re at and he knows where you’ve been. You’ll feel like a weight is lifted because he knows where you’re going.  Jesus endured suffering and hostility from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted (Hebrews 12:3). Let yourself feel this freedom. It’ll help you live well with others and with God.  Make a plan to continually remind yourself of his love. Use Made to Love by TobyMac or come up with a plan of your own.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Donna Burns  

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