When I asked God to give me His heart today, I didn’t realize just how much it would break.
I don’t believe I fully comprehended the weight of my request, but He granted it. As I went around town and went through my day, I realized that it was anything but normal. I began to see people like I have never seen people before. My heart ached for them to have the hope that I do.
Today I saw the beauty in the nameless face like never before. Where I used to see faces, I saw a story and how each has a chance of a redemptive end. That starts with love. And in feeling the weight of God’s heart today, I found a love for people deeper than I ever had. The things that God allowed me to see and feel – I know that He truly gave me His heart – I went home and I wept.
In view of the state this lost world is in, my heart broke. With a renewed sense of love burning in me, I was burdened for these people. I saw their hurt and felt their pain – and realized love is the only thing that can heal those wounds. Love unconditional – Love that can only come from God – the only love that transcends all. The love that sees their unsurpassable worth and that died for them as He did for me.
Oh that Christians would truly love with the heart of God. But too often we take the place of judgment instead of love.
“The lost world, to a great degree forms their view of God based on the character of those who profess to know Him.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss
This world knows God as a God of judgment because we judge, and does not see the God of grace, mercy and unconditional love because we don’t carry it ourselves.
Judgment separates. Love unites.
I recall in my second year of ministry school one of my teachers/pastors told our class this:
“We are not God-like in the way we want to love. You want to be God-like in the way you judge. This should not be.” Pastor Marcia Sagenich
The essence of sin is we attempt to play God. Every judgement we think, suppose, or act upon, supposes that we are in a position of superiority.
As Christians we are seldom known for our radical love. We fail to abide in love. I believe that part of this is we have lost sight of the unsurpassable worth of people. We have become promoters of good over evil instead of lovers of people. (Click to Tweet)
How can you love deeper today?
How can you show the radical love of God today?