“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” -Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)
They are perhaps the most important qualities anyone could have. In all human relationships, love and faithfulness binds people together. That unconditional, selfless love which places the needs of others over oneself, combined with that faithfulness which promises to remain steadfast no matter the circumstances, serve as bonding agents which foster a sense of belonging and community amongst people. Families and friendships are built upon these qualities and their abundance, or a lack thereof, often determines the overall health and nature of the relationship in question. Humanity was created to live in harmony with one another. Just as how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit dwell with each other in unity, we too are also meant to live in relationship and community with God and with our fellow man.
But can we really say that we have the capability to love unconditionally? Can we really say that we would never falter in our faithfulness to one another? The truth is that we cannot. Since we are corrupted by sin, our love and our faithfulness has become warped and distorted. Suddenly our love is based on if they love us back, and our faithfulness on whether they have been faithful to us. Love and faithfulness therefore become self serving, seeking to only boost one’s ego and pride. Yet God calls us to a much higher standard. Despite our deliberate disobedience and our repeated rejections of Him, Christ still loves us and remains faithful to His promises. No matter what we may say or do, His arms will still remain open to all who come to Him in humble and sincere repentance. How many of us would be able to show such a powerful love? If we are truly honest with ourselves, we would shun those who shun us and embrace those who embrace us. But the love of Christ loves and continues to love even when that love is not appreciated or reciprocated. Human love is fleeting and is heavily dependent on whether our needs are being met. Divine love however is eternal because its Source is eternal and therefore it transcends human selfishness and pride. When we allow Christ to work His nature in us, His never failing love and faithfulness will be written on our hearts and overflow from our lives. Through His enabling in our thoughts, words, and actions, we will bear witness to the world that our God is a God who cares so much for humanity that He is willing to redeem us at all costs from the degradation of sin and wickedness.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.