“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and men.” — Proverbs 3:3-4
“Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; bind them (securely) around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” — Amplified version
“Love — Agape Love, the highest of the 4 types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of love to His Father and to all humanity
Philia Love, the type of love in the Bible that most Christians practice towards each other.
Storge Love, a term for love less familiar. This Greek word for family love is not specifically found in Scripture.
Eros love, the Greek word for sensual love, which is self-gratifying.”
“Love in Hebrew is ‘Ahava’ which is made up of three basic Hebrew letters. These three letters actually are broken down into two parts: a letter base or root, and the first letter, which is a modifier. The meaning of the two letter base is “to give”. The meaning of “Ahava”, is “I give” and also “love”
“In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of gratification… In other words, the Christian loves God with the love of complacency in His attributes, the love of benevolence towards the interest of His Kingdom, and the love of gratitude for favors received (Matt. 22:37)
An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicates pleasure, sensual or intellectual. It is apposed to hatred.
The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of His attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart. Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in the affection, and a fear of offending Him is its inseperable effect.” — Webster 1828 (further studies on love are important!)
“Faithfulness – Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty. Truth; veracity. Strict adherence to injunctions, and to the duties of a station. Strict performance of promises, vows or cvenants; constancy in affection.” — Webster 1828
“Faith etymology — From Anglo-French and Old French “Feid; Foi” Faith, belief, trust, confidence; pledge”
“Favor – Kind regard; kindness; countenance; friendly disposition” — Webster 1828
“In the way of believing obedience to God’s commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live forever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God’s mercy in promising, and His truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them.” — Matthew Henry
Verse related to business — This verse – among many – is the basis of how we should be as Christians, that love and faithfulness should never leave us. Therefore, this verse is just as important to relate to business as in any other area of our lives.
Both love and faithfulness are major attributes of God, but we are capable of expressing love and faithfulness. It is up to us to bind them around our neck, like we would jewelry, and make them so important and familiar to us that they are written on the tablet of our hearts.
By expressing Love and Faithfulness, you not only are following more closely the path of God’s will – you will have favor with both God and man. Only remember it is much more important to have good will from God than from men!
This verse implies not only that you use and express love and faithfulness, but that you are so apart of them that you are the same.
What do we express love and faithfulness towards? First, toward God, and secondly toward our neighbor. Love the Lord above all else, and this should apply also (especially?) in your business dealings!
As Christians, God is supposed to be Number One in our lives… in all and every matter. The Bible says nothing else should come before God.