8.06.2015

My heart is wicked - yet HE loves ME!

I don't remember what my pastor said, or the context, but in my sermon notes from Sunday the words, "God knows every detail of our hearts - and yet He loves us" are scrawled across the page with an arrow pointing to the phrase, "Investigate!" next to them.
I kept the paper, thought about the words several times, and finally decided to begin the investigation.
I'm sure there are greater depths to plumb, but these verses were enough to satisfy me.

When you consider the wickedness of man's heart - and the all-consuming love of a holy God, it is difficult to blend the two. Like two magnets repelling one another, it seems to be an impossible alliance.
And yet - it is because God IS love that His love can suffocate the sin that dwells in us.
His love holds forgiveness.
His love holds compassion.
Mercy.
Forgiveness.
Grace.
His love holds power.
Power that defeated death.
Power that sets us free.

Scripture is precious.
It is filled with truth.
Some truths are easy to find, easy to understand. Others require effort, thought, wisdom, and patience to unwrap the gems held deep within.
Both are worthy of our time.
Both produce fruit.
Both bring maturity and a deeper love for our Lord.

Today the Lord pushed me to search His Word to understand the contrast of my sin, and His love.
It is baffling, that He could love a sinner like me. That He would send His Son to die for me.
But He does! He did!
And I am thankful.
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I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:10

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7

“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. I Chronicles 28:9

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

There is no one righteous, not even one
there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; 
there is no one who does good, not even one. Romans 3

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But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Thank You, Lord for saving my soul.
Thank You, Lord for making me whole.
Thank You, Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.

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