Love & Faithfulness; Salt & Pepper?

 Love and faithfulness are a spiritual duo that bring out the flavor of life, much like what salt and pepper do for our food~

I woke up this morning with a portion of a verse drifting through my mind: “Let love and faithfulness . . . Let love and faithfulness . . . Let love . . . .”   Try as I might, I could not remember the rest!  Looking for closure, I decided to find the verse in my Bible’s concordance for the focus of my morning Journey Notes.   When I looked up “faithfulness” I discovered numerous references tying love and faithfulness together:

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

“Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.”  (Psalm 85:10)

As I read these verses (and others) it struck me that love and faithfulness are a spiritual duo that bring out the flavor of life, much like salt and pepper.  Think about it:

  • Where salt and pepper bring out flavor and dimension in our food; love and faithfulness enhance the flavor and meaning of our lives.
  • It doesn’t take much salt or pepper to make a significant difference in what we taste; this is also true of love and faithfulness.  It never ceases to amaze me how small actions motivated by love and faithfulness can tremendously impact others.
  • Yet, as valuable as salt and pepper are to bring out the best in the food we eat, we consider it “common” and fail to appreciate its worth.  In the business of life, don’t we regard love and faithfulness as common niceties, forgetting their supernatural beginnings?

Psalm 89:14, 15 broadens and enriches our appreciation for love and faithfulness as it reminds us of their “uncommon” roots:

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before You.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
    who walk in the light of Your Presence, Lord.” 

Love and faithfulness in God’s realm are royally esteemed, bringing out the beauty of all that God has deemed to be righteous and good.  Love and faithfulness in God’s hands unchain the captive, freeing those who trust in Him to radiate the royal love and faithfulness of Jesus to a dark and otherwise hopeless world.

“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  (Ephesians 2:4, 5)

There is one aspect that differs between salt and pepper compared to love and faithfulness.   Too much salt or pepper added to a dish can ruin it to the point where the food is inedible.  By contrast, love and faithfulness in God’s economy are meant to applied liberally at every opportunity.  So with that in mind, when the Holy Spirit prompts you to “pass the love and faithfulness” in whatever shape or form, give it freely, just as the Lord has so graciously given to you.  I promise, if He is the motivation in your giving, you will never be sorry!

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