Winning A Heart

For most, not all, we are born into a family of loving parents. Did you ever wonder, why do my parents love me or why do I love them? How much love do I give? Did you ever ask, what is love? Why do we love people with different levels of love? Are there REALLY different kinds or types of love?

In the world famous John 3:16,17 scripture,  God defines love as “giving”. For God so loved the world  (mankind) that he gave his only begotten Son – Jesus. Jesus died on a cross, was spit on, mocked, stripped naked in shame, all so we would be redeemed from sin and we could freely go to heaven, if we believed with all our heart and confessed with our mouth.

I remember when my son asked me when he was little, what is love? I told him love is when you care about someone so much you are willing to give up everything for them including your hopes and dreams for their’s.

Yes, God gave mankind everything, even his Son Jesus Christ.  But what about us? Why do parents love one child more than another (and they do just like Bible characters did)? Why do some people love God more than other people?  Some people even hate God, why?

Many people who suffer heartaches,  disasters, trials and tribulation get “mad” at God. They blame God. Usually it is because they do not understand something and have no explanation so they blame God. Then why do some people have the same trials and tribulation stand with God? I mean look at Job. We know Job lost his home, his cattle, lost his wealth and lost his children and even lost his health. And Job was attacked by Satan and God allowed it. Why didn’t Job turn against God? Job even said through all his trials, referring to God, though he slay me, yet will I trust him in Job 13:15,16. What caused Job to say that? It is an easy answer – God had won Job’s heart.

The heart is the gateway to the soul. Another words, your heart is the gateway to your mind, your will and your emotions. It is the heart that God tries with mankind.  Proverbs 17:3 KJV “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.”

Psalm 17:3 KJV “Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.”

And whatever is in your heart is going to come out your mouth.  Matthew 12:34 KJV “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So how do you speak to your spouse? Your children? Your parents? God? Friends? Strangers?

Salvation is a heart matter, not a head matter.  Romans 10:9-10 KJV “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The heart is where the Holy Spirit comes into believers. Galatians 4:6 KJV
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

2 Corinthians 1:22 KJV “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”

Our heart affects the spirit – we are spirit beings.  David asked the Lord to create a clean heart in him, why? David knew the heart of man is deceitful and wicked. The heart harbors hatred, lust, greed and deception just like it can harbor love and kindness.

Some people love their spouse with part of their heart and that’s why divorce is increasing. Some people love God with part of their heart and they love the world or the things in this world with part of their heart. You can tell if someone really loves or not because we call it “half-hearted” when effort is lacking. How much of your heart does your husband or wife have? Your parents have?

Don’t forget, your heart reflects your spirit man, your spiritual life and it reflects God the Holy Spirit. So if you say you love God, you love Jesus Christ, how much of your heart does God have?

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