3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
A few years ago, my family and I went to the beach. When the sun was setting, we brough out a couple of children’s kites. My children weren’t big enough to get them in the air, but they could hold the handle once the kites were in the sky. They thought that the kites were amazing. Suddenly a large gust of wind came and blew the kite out of my daughters’ hands. I had to chase it down the beach to get it back.
Sadly, as believers two important things can escape us as we grow older. Maybe they get away from us because we weren’t holding them as closely as we should have been. The first of these is mercy.
At its heart, mercy is forgiveness. Through people hurting us or life circumstances we can get where we hold on to anger. When we get there, we lose fellowship with God, which in turn harms our relationships with others. God doesn’t want us camped out there, He wants us to show mercy to others as He did for us.
The second thing that can escape us is truth. We can get tunnel vision and believe only what we believe to be right. Often when we get this way, our beliefs are self-centered and don’t line up with God’s word.
God tells us to not let these to forsake us. They will leave if we let them. He says, “bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:” Make it important to you to keep these in practice. If you’ve lost them, track them down and add them back into your life. If you don’t your missing out on God’s blessing.