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Winning friends and influencing people

No, this isn’t a review of that classic book, or the title would have started with “Book Review”.

Actually, I was reading Proverbs 3 yesterday, and verses 3-4 caught my attention.

Do not let truth and mercy leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and good understanding,
in the sight of God and people.

In our Treehouse Kids program on Sunday mornings, we use a curriculum called 252Basics. According to their website, the program “is built around three Basic Truths every child should embrace according to what Jesus modeled in Luke 2:52.”

Now Luke 2:52 tells us that “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.”

Since our mission in Treehouse Kids is to help kids grow in Jesus Christ, who grew “in favor with God and with people”, we should probably know how to do that.

Which brings us back to Proverbs. How does a person – whether a child or adult – “find favor…in the sight of God and people”?

By holding fast to truth and mercy. By planting them deep into our hearts.

Jesus said that the truth sets people free (John 8:32). Micah told us that God’s desire for his people is “to do what is right, to love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, NLT).

That sounds a lot like the “three Basic Truths” that 252Basics is built on:

  • I need to make the wise choice.
  • I can trust God no matter what.
  • I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

 

So, how are you doing at winning friends and influencing people? Better yet, is your life one that finds favor with God and with people?

If not, which of those steps do you need to take today to start heading in that direction?

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