In a few days we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. A day symbolized by a heart. A day to celebrate love. A day to express feelings of the heart. Hearts can be blessed by an outpouring of love. Hearts can be broken by love withheld. Human love can be unpredictable. It can be positive at one moment and negative at the next.
God’s love is different. Here the words of God’s heart to your heart in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” This is unconditional love!
Today we are thinking of the heart as our loving organ. With our heart, we sense love and share love. This intangible organ may need some repair to be all God designed it to be. Let’s take time to explore scripture relating to the heart while celebrating a special day about love.
Condition of the heart.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
If we need to guard our hearts, there must be potential for our hearts to waver in the wrong direction.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The heart reveals what we value.
Commandments for the heart.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
A challenging commandment first given in the Old Testament.
Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
When asked which commandment was the greatest, Jesus responded with 2 commandments relating to the heart and love.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.
May this be our response to God’s commands.
Correction for the heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Watch out! There is both good and bad potential within our hearts.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Although a cheerful heart may be what we desire, it may not always be what we feel.
Do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.
The hearts of the Israelites were hardened when they rebelled against God. We must be careful! If it happened to them, it can happen to us. Heed this warning.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
If God finds hardness in our hearts, He does not condemn us. He promises to soften hearts. This is the work of the Holy Spirit.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The Lord does not leave us with hardened or broken hearts.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me . . .to heal the brokenhearted. . ..”
Luke 4:18 NKJV
Jesus proclaims that healing hearts is part of His ministry.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Asking God to search our hearts is a good starting point to truly know our heart’s condition.
Consecration of the heart.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.
There is hope for our hardened and broken hearts.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Salvation is the most important heart issue.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Knowing and following God’s Word is the best way to keep our hearts pure.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
A wonderful promise!
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
May this be our life goal!
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Peace is the gift God places in our hearts. It is available on Valentine’s Day and every day!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.
What a wonderful aspiration for Valentine’s Day and every day!