Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
Kindness or help that is given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
The best asset that can be used to win others to salvation is our daily Christian example. The manner in which we conduct ourselves can leave an imprint, whether positive or negative, on those that surround us. On a day-to-day basis, we must be truthful in our words and actions and we must show mercy unto others. Proverbs 3 says to bind truth and mercy around our neck and write them on our hearts.
We must use our words carefully each day, so as not to offend others. I have always understood that my rights end where others begin. What do I mean by that? I mean that I must choose to respect others, treat them with kindness, and show them a true heart. I must choose to not deceive, hurt, nor use harsh words against them.
Many persons come along our path throughout our lifetime. Some are more or less deserving of our kindness than others, or so I thought. However, today’s verse says to not let truth and mercy leave us. Hmm. In other words, no matter whether I think they are more or less deserving, I must not judge and show them mercy equally.
Imagine, I must be truthful. I must show mercy to all.
What about my human side that does not want to do that?
Then, it must be entrusted to God. He must be in control of our human heart so that we may speak and act with our spiritual one.