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Sabbath Reflections ~ The Lord Looks at the Heart

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“Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” – the human heart, with its conflicting emotions of joy and sorrow; the wandering, wayward heart, which is the abode of so much impurity and deceit.  1 Samuel 16:7

He knows its motives, its very intents and purposes. Go to Him with your soul all stained as it is. Like the psalmist, throw its chambers open to the all-seeing eye, exclaiming, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23,24

Steps to Christ, Chapter 3, 34.3

Have you ever done something and afterwards had a sense of horror about what you had done?

Sometimes it’s as if we don’t really know what we are capable of. Yet, the God who created us knows every inch of our soul, every yearning, every defect of character.

That’s why when I read the verses above it touched my heart ~ I can go to God at any time because there is nothing I can tell Him that He doesn’t already know.

There’s a peace about this knowledge ~ He loves me even though He knows what my failures are and will be.  He stands with me and says “this is My child.” He opened His heart wide enough to be willing to die for me and all my defects.

Have I done enough? I hear Him say.  What more can I do?

And my response is, Nothing Lord.  You have done it all.  You took on mortal flesh, laughed, cried and guided us, gave up your place in heaven so you could die for my wretchedness.  You did it knowing that I might not even choose to love you back.

But … I do choose You. For there is no one else who loves me so completely.

Thank you for your sacrifice ~ thank you for for unconditional love.

 

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