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Written By: Pastor Wells - Published Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Let not steadfast love [hesed] and

faithfulness [‘emet] forsake you;

bind them around your neck;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3

 

 

Let me introduce you to the two most important words in any language—in Greek, agapē and alētheia; in English, “love” and “truth.”  In Hebrew, hesed and ‘emetHesed is a God-kind of love.  Unlike the sappy stuff of Hollywood, hesed is “forsaking all others till death do us part,” love your enemies (Matt. 5:44), and Jesus on the cross, because God so loved the world (John 3:16).

 

‘Emet is a God-kind of passion for truth‘Emet has no patience with pretense, “p.r.,” or “p.c.”   No rose-colored glasses; no “little white lies;” no compromise—‘emet means faithfulness in every nook and cranny of life.

 

These two words transform the world—but only together.  Love without truth is just sentimentalism; truth without love is just legalism.  But together spell salvation—for the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory . . . full of grace (“hesed”) and truth (Jn. 1:14; “’emet’”).    

 

And, dare we say, these two words are almost all you need to think and act like a Christian.   Let not steadfast love [hesed] and faithfulness [‘emet] forsake you, Solomon declares, Bind them around your neck as a constant reminder.  And write them on the tablet of your heart, for from the heart flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23).

 

Welcome to Christ Church this First Sunday of the Advent Season.  But you, O Lord, the Psalmist sang, you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Psalm 86:15).   



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