What is desired in a man is steadfast love,……….. Proverbs 19:22 English Standard Version
Recently one of our readers brought the scripture above to my attention and it intrigued me spiritually and naturally. Once I studied it out, I now understand why. The gentleman mentioned that because God is Love and all men, believers and unbelievers alike are created in His image we ALL REQUIRE LOVE. Love IS Who the person Whom created us is. Some people are aware of their need for love, others are not and some deny their need for it to their detriment. Why? Because to try to live without love is worse than trying to live without food, or even oxygen. Those are natural requirements but ultimately and at his or her root man IS a spirit. So man requires spiritual sustenance to really live and be completely healthy and whole spirit, soul and body. Many times when you see grown people acting like children or children acting out, in some cases, not all, if you can sit with them and go home with them you would discover somewhere that love is lacking or they do not believe they are loved. The first part of the scripture says, “What is desired in a man is steadfast love……” That word steadfast love is the Hebrew word checed or hesed in the Old Testament. It means favor, good deeds, kindness or loving kindness. In the New Testament you see this word as the word grace. Grace is the Greek work charis where we get our word charisma from and it means favor and kindness. This information is not from a fiction book this is The Word of God, Who is Jesus and that means it is TRUTH. God the Father never changes. The Old Testament constantly speaks of His loving kindness and that it is better than life. In the New Testament where is this loving kindness found? What is it’s Source? It is God the Father in the Person of Jesus Christ His Son.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 English Standard Version
Jesus is FULL of GRACE and TRUTH. Look at this version of the same scripture and compare it with our opening text.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14 New Living Translation
What is desired in a man is steadfast love….. Proverbs 19:22 English Standard Version
Jesus is FULL of this steadfast love, unfailing love and faithfulness that people desire in all men and women. Oh this is so powerful!!! The scripture in Proverbs declares that what people really desire from other people is steadfast love which is favor, kindness. The definition in the Strongs dictionary is the kindness of men towards men, in doing favours and benefits. People were designed by God to be a blessing to each other, to do favors for each other and be a benefit to one another. When Adam sinned things turned and became perverted. God who is Love did not give up. His plan was and is still to bless men today and make men a blessing to other men. Look at what he told Abram.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:1-2 New Living Translation
Abram who later became Abraham fulfilled this and walked in this. That same blessing to be a blessing is OURS through Christ Jesus. Man lost that ability to truly love and be truly kind to each other in the garden of Eden. But in the garden of Gethsamne Jesus got it all back for us. Look at what He prayed, and received in that garden.
I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. John 17:26 NIV
The same Love that The Father has for Jesus (loving kindness) is now in us and Jesus Who is GRACE and TRUTH is Himself in us. Although all people did not recognize it when Jesus came He was the Man they were looking for. He was the One they desired. He is the One with the STEADFAST LOVE!!!! What is desired in a man is steadfast love. People are looking for kindness. People are looking for someone to love them not judge them or curse them because they are a fornicator or a homosexual or a murderer. What is desired in a man by other men is steadfast love! Love that can be trusted, that will not change when people blow it or mess up. This is STEADFAST LOVE. It stays steady regardless of mistakes or mess-ups. It is agape love, unconditional. It is the Love of the Father Himself Who is Love!!!
So although people may seem to want money from you or time or other things, deep down they only desire steadfast love. When you give money to people, that is a form of steadfast love. When you give time to people, that is a form of steadfast love. When you extend favor to people even when they don’t deserve it THAT IS GRACE!!! The same thing that saved you. Unmerited, undeserved GRACE Who is JESUS!!!! God the Father through Jesus has GIVEN you steadfast love in the person of His Son. Freely you have received steadfast love, be sure to freely GIVE steadfast love!!!
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!
P.S. Thanks Richard!!!!