Proverbs 6:20 – 24 (NIV)
My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,
keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
Proverbs 6:20 – 24 (KJV)
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
I’ve been having the hardest time, for the longest time coming up with an idea on how to write about these vereses from Proverbs since I have written about a set of passages almost identical to these ones. I didn’t want to be redundant, so I’ve been sitting on these words for what seems like a VERY long time. I realized in this struggle that I’m looking to narrowly at this passage. We do have more then one father and mother, we have our heavenly Father and mother, Christ and His Bride the Church.
Jesus’ greatest command was ““Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
When we bind love around our hearts and wear love around our neck, the rest begins to fall into place. Love is the lamp that can light up even the darkest areas of our life. If we learn to love the way Christ has loved us, our love would have no boundaries. They(I don’t know who they is, but you get the point) say “Actions speak louder than words.” What greater message is there to teach others than Christs love.
Sometimes in our self centeredness we only think of ourselves, and we begin acting on how we view the world. We become full of fear, anger, jealously, rage, greed and the likes. We let the comfort of Christs love leave us, and let the world enter into our hearts. The smooth talk of a ‘wayward women’ pushes us away from Christ and fills our hearts with doubts, fears and all the negatively the world surrounds us with. It fills us with darkness.
Keep what Christ has done for you at the root of your heart, let it guide your actions. Learn to love like Christ, put yourself second and serve those around you. It will inspire others around you to seek what you have in your heart.
- Love Is the Greatest Commandment (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
- “To him be glory both now and forever.” (savedbygraceblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Balance (sayhellohope.wordpress.com)
- Humble Yourself and Go!* 2 Chronicles 7:12 – 22 [KJV] | Bible Resources (spiceofyourlife.wordpress.com)
- Forgiveness (christiansareus.wordpress.com)