Write them on the tablet of your heart. (Prov. 3:3)

WHEN MY SON CAME HOME with a tattoo on his back, my first reaction was to recoil. Even though it was the image of a cross, I wondered why he would want to put something so permanent on his skin. I came to realize that I should be thankful it was a cross and not something he would be ashamed of years down the road. It was at least a positive reminder.

God has His reasons for asking us to write love and faithfulness on the tablets of our hearts. It’s like a tattoo of sorts, reminding us of the very character of God and what His attributes mean to us in a tangible way. His love is never-ending. That means He will give us chance after chance to accept that love. His faithfulness means He will be knocking on the door of our hearts to invite us once again to turn to Him. He won’t give up. He can’t give up. His nature demands He stay with us until the end, lifting us through difficult days when we feel we are out of chances.

We don’t ever have to condemn ourselves with words of discouragement and negativity, forgetting the message of love and faithfulness. If we obey and write them permanently on our hearts, we will win the favor of God.

Find a Scripture that encourages you and post it in a prominent place.

Jan Cline is the author of three devotional books. She is a speaker and founder and director of a Christian writers’ conference in the Northwest.