Negative Overflow

When there were times of celebration, I still felt morose

Proverbs 3:1-35

Reference: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’ve just recently been let down by someone quite close to me. Due to my disappointment I felt this affected other areas of my life.

When there were times of celebration, I still felt morose. When people were laughing and joking I just wanted to be on my own.

Now, I believe it’s ok to have times of sadness and reflection, but I’m going to be honest and say that this disappointment I experienced led to me being bitter. I found myself being extremely negative and even gossiping about other people.

Yes, I had been let down, but that didn’t excuse my behaviour.

Application: The writer of Proverbs tells us to let love and faithfulness never leave us. These are sound words.

Unfortunately, I had held these important elements too lightly and selfishness and bitterness took over.

From my experience, and noticing Proverbs’ wording too, it seems we need to be proactive about these positive attributes being in our lives. They don’t just appear one day and stay forever. No, we need to bind them to us and scribe them into our lives.

These are active words. It goes beyond just saying we are going to love and forgive and points towards actively living them out in our lives every day.

I still have a little way to go before they are scribed on my heart, but I’m keen to continue to hone my skills.

Prayer: Lord, Your natural instinct was to love and forgive. May I strive to be more and more like You in this way. Amen.

What God characteristic would you like to “bind around your neck”?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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