“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
This famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln helps us understand we do not have the power or wisdom to know what is in a person’s heart. A person’s words, desires, and deeds provide insight but not the assurance. We don’t have the wisdom or power to see into the heart of another. Only God can see into the depths of one’s heart. But God has revealed his heart to those who will hear his words, embrace his desires, and see his deeds. He wants us to know the truth found in his heart.
To his people-
“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.”
Not only does God love his people but Jesus, God the Son, states his love for the world –
“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.”
John, the Lord’s disciple, writes a brief description in two verses revealing the heart of our God.
“God is love…”
1 John 4:8,16
His words speak his love. His deeds prove his love. When we were his enemies with nothing to offer him, He drew us to himself. He sacrificed his Son in order to make us his own family. He has given us an inheritance in his kingdom. Today, we who belong to him, have everlasting abundant life – a life overflowing with the love of our Father. One day the abundance of today will melt into eternity in an exceedingly abundant life with him. This is his heart’s desire – to have a people who will receive and return that love forever.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
This command was first given in the Old Testament and here again in the New by Jesus Christ. Being a command means a choice lays before us. We choose whether to love or not, and to what degree we return the love of God to him. But if it’s not returned with all our being, does it constitute love?
He showed us love. He opened his heart to us, withholding nothing back. Will we open our hearts to him? The apostle John tells us how.
“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,
God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love;
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him…
We love him,
because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:15,16,19
- The Father’s words tell us of his love. He is true and cannot lie.
- He desires to pour out his love on us. We need only receive his word of truth.
- His deeds prove his love. He has withheld no good thing from us.
In all honesty, I struggled with this post. For I believe it is beyond my comprehension to fully express God’s heart of love. One day my partial understanding will meet my Savior face to face, then I will know fully the height, depth, width, and length of the love filling God’s heart.
How do you express the love of God to others?
As a side note, two bloggers use poetry to express God’s love. I encourage you to visit their sites if you haven’t already. Warren Richards at wcr281.com; and darylmadden.wordpress.com