“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
He so loved the world that He gave. His desire to release life, liberty, love, mercy. What better heart to reflect from our own in a broken world!
The Father’s heart is something to be desired.
To be able to live selflessly as we journey life and to be an example that looks in as many ways as possible like God.
The ceiling that we aspire to. To become the floor to launch from as we move forward.
If it wasn’t for the Father none of us would have the passion for one another.
We have words for others to encourage and restore. We have the means to journey alongside others to return them from being the lost, maybe even in the pigsty, to returning home.
God’s mercy triumphs it doesn’t judge because of the Father’s heart.
There is nothing that is so bad that it is unforgivable in The Father’s heart. When we are alone, lost and without joy it breaks the Father’s heart.
The bible story that reveals the Father’s heart is of course that of the Prodigal Son. Relatable to from several view points relative to whether we are the prodigal or we have a prodigal child.
A key is to love Him for who He is and not just for what He gives. Loving Him would not lead along a path of hurt.
Another key is that of His effortless forgiveness being the reward itself rather than unforgiveness bringing its reward of bitterness as it does.
Interestingly we see even more underlying dualism reflecting from any resemblance we have to the older brother.
His refusal to participate in the heart break or the joy.
How heartbroken are we for what breaks God’s heart? How joy filled are we for what brings joy to God’s heart?
We should never stand detached. Our lifestyle and being should catch and reflect the Father’s heart.
Could we be the child and sibling who caught the Father’s heart and went out daily to share watching for the lost?
Could we be the child and sibling to go the extra mile to sit in the pigsty to reassure and encourage until the lost came back into his right mind?
Could we be the child or sibling to run faster than the Father to help our brother home with no resentment or thought for self?
Could we be the child or sibling to participate with enthusiasm and selflessness in the celebration and joy?
Could we be the servant heart of Jesus and not the jealous brother heart?
The illustration shows the Father’s heart of love and life in it’s fullness emanating light and pushing back the darkness. Also the Fathers hands, by the Holy Spirit, searching, shaping and sieving the heart of the one in His image to reflect His own.
Two Scriptures that come to mind:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”Psalm 139:23-24 ESV
“And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’””Luke 15:11-32 ESV
The song Never Walk Alone. Hillsong