His Heart

 Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”

It is often surprising how perceptions vanish once we know the truth. 

Some think God to be an old man, slow of mind, angry with man, making rules, waiting, and wanting only justice. Others believe Him to be proud, arrogant, and uncaring for the human condition. Still, others refuse to believe or accept Him because He does not fit into their realm of thought.

When we truly know the facts of who God is and how He feels toward us, it can become quite liberating. From God’s dealing with Adam and Eve in the garden to the end time millennial kingdom, we see a common thread throughout – God loves His creation.

God knew when He created Adam that he was going to succumb to Eve’s suggestion. He knew the serpent would deceive Eve. He also knew that the snake would do everything in his power to hurt His creation. 

It was His love that not only allowed it but created the situation and circumstance for Him to reveal a much grander plan. God had seen and planned everything before it was created.

Ephesians 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

Some would argue that God will only save some. That is not His heart.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Everyone who names the name of Jesus Christ as their Savior should have it settled in their heart just how much they are loved, accepted, and secure in Christ. 

We are loved with an everlasting love.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We are accepted just as we are.

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

His thoughts toward us are not of justice and vengeance. 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

Whom He loves, He accepts and protects.

John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

He desires us to be forgiven and in right relationship with Him. His provision for such a relationship is remarkable. He removes our sin so far from us.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

Probably the most remarkable feature of God’s forgiveness to us is that once forgiven, and He chooses to remember our sins no more.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

Hebrews 10:16-17 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

When we know the heart of God concerning a matter, we can be confident in how we should pray, and have faith to believe that God will do what He said He would do. Our ignorance of who God is will surely kill us.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

God is not hiding from us. He has even given promises regarding our search for Him.

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

There is peace, joy, and confident assurance in knowing the heart of God. So much so, that we ought to share it with all who will listen!

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