And he said to him, You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38).
I want you to search your heart, and think what your response would be, to this next question. Can you say, that you LOVE GOD with your “WHOLE HEART,” and with all that’s within you? As Christians, we speak about how we love God wholeheartedly, but do we really? Do you love God above ANY other person, that’s in your life? Do you love God more than ANY object? Now really search your heart and soul, to find the honest answer. Whatever is inside your heart, God already knows anyway! He knows us better than we know ourself. I am searching my heart, to these questions, and finding myself convicted, as I’m writing. Lord, reveal to us, what may be hidden within our hearts, or what we want to ignore and push aside.
Being married is a true blessing from God. However, we aren’t to love our husband’s, more than we love God. If we aren’t careful, our husband can become an Idol to us. Ask yourself who you look to, for your identity, acceptance, direction, and self-worth…Is it your husband, or is it God? If your husband, is the first thing that comes to your mind, then that’s NOT loving God, and putting him first.
Beloved, God is so worthy, of our total affection? Our children and grandchildren, need us to guide and direct them. As Mothers that’s our job, but are you putting them, and their needs, before your relationship with Christ? Are you looking to be fulfilled through them, instead of being fulfilled by God? Anyone we love and cherish more than God, is not loving God the way he deserves, and that is with our whole heart friends.
Anything we look to for fulfillment, and spend a great deal of our time investing in, focusing on, relying on, and putting all our trust in, that isn’t in God, isn’t following Matthew 22:37-38. What do spend your time on unnecessarily, that you can spend with God instead? Is it too much time devoted to a hobby or TV program perhaps?
I could list more, but you know what’s in your hearts, the same as I do. All God asks of us, is to LOVE him, with our whole hearts, and put him front and center in our lives. He doesn’t want what’s leftover at the end of day, when we are so exhausted, we can’t give him our undivided attention, without things distracting us.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me. (Exodus 20:5).
Let’s talk about King David, one of the greatest men in the bible. No one is immune to making mistakes, and King David made many, just like you and I. But one thing was evident, and that was his LOVE for God. David’s downfall came from wanting Bathsheba. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent, has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28).
See Friends, even though David Loved God the way he should have, he still had a sin nature, same as you and I. He repented later and was forgiven. His poor choice with Bathsheba, didn’t make him stop loving God wholeheartedly however. David was flawed and human, and made poor choices sometimes, the same way we do.
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”
See beloved, the truth is, we all mess up in life. Granted some are messier than others. But when we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us. The powerful thing is, that God will still use us, even after our mistakes, for HIS Glory. There is NOT a single person that God EVER created, that hasn’t messed up. We all have done something, at some point or another, we wish we could erase, and take back. Don’t you wish that certain bad choices, we have made, in our lifetime, had a do over button? We all know life doesn’t work that way though. Just remember, it is okay for you to make mistakes, but do not let your mistakes define who you are in Christ. Also, don’t allow Satan to convince you, that because of your mistakes, God won’t Love you, and you aren’t worthy enough to Love him, with the kind of love, God commands us to have.
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. (Acts 13:22).
Isn’t this a beautiful reminder for us all Friends? Even though King David “messed up” royally, he still found favor with God, and Loved him with his whole heart. Oh how I want to be the woman after God’s heart like David, don’t you?
I done a lot of research, on how David was a man after God’s own heart, and found an article written by Ron Edmondson, and he stated it beautifully.
David’s Love for God is demonstrated in these 10 key points and scriptures.
- Humble – Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. (Psalm 62:9).
- Respectful – Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. (Psalm 31:9).
- Trusting – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).
- Loving – I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1).
- Devoted – Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. (Psalm 4:7).
- Recognition – I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. (Psalm 9:1).
- Faithful – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23:6).
- Obedient – Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (Psalm 119:34).
- Repentant – For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. (Psalm 25:11).
- Reverent – I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalm 18:3).
God knows our hearts, and he knows the motives behind ALL we say and do. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it? “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.” 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.” (1 Samuel 16:7).
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Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.