Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Mercy and truth are parts of life that are without flaw or equal in the things we do as people. Telling the truth sets us free from having to cover a lie with more lies, or other more absurd and vain acts. Mercy gives everyone a chance they may not otherwise have gotten. Living by truth and mercy also gives a person an endearing quality that God is pleased with, and other people find hard to look past.
Having a heart and mind filled with mercy and truth can lead to beautiful things. God, for one; life through grace is another. We can search the whole world and not find anything to match God or life through His grace and the peace that comes with that life. This is a conclusion everyone has to reach on their own or forfeit by the choices they make and the way they choose to live.
Mercy and truth instead of harsh answers can lead to lasting peace in life. Truth instead of flattery or little white lies often creates clarity in everything we do and in the direction we head in life. There is no substitute for either, though I see people try to keep what they believe they have planted firmly. But my own experiences with lies and being finicky is how I know that substituting anything instead of mercy or truth doesn’t end well. Ever! Truth always finds a way to the light of day and an unmerciful act will tarnish.
But when we live with truth and mercy as our beacon, correcting every lie we tell, both truth and mercy prove to be their own reward. We live free lives without looking over our shoulders, and people genuinely trust the things we say and do. You also never have to wonder if you did the right thing, assuming there’s a conscience you listen to.
The proverb is true; don’t let mercy and truth leave your heart. Keep them bound around your neck and write them on the table of your heart all your life. You will find favor with God and with people no matter where life leads you. It will feel especially good when perfect strangers are telling you about your good character. Even better when they thank God for you, because then your voice can become bold enough to tell them that God is who gave you the gift of mercy and truth to be able to share with them.