The beauty of God’s heart is most known to us through those wonderful things that make Him, Him. Traits and characteristics that stood to defend us when we should have been condemned.
Some portray God in the harshest sense. With gavel in hand at the least little infraction, we are automatically charged and sentenced. While God most certainly will judge all unrepentant sin, the beauty of His heart gives chance after chance, offering multiplied times to receive His forgiveness.
Hard, God is not. We could probably never know how many more times we have experienced His undeserved redemption, grace, and mercy at work in our lives than we did any deserved penalties.
The beauty of God’s heart wants to save, not destroy (2 Peter 3:9). Thus, He forebears with us and is longsuffering toward us. That means He’s not in a rush to convict as some suppose (but again, all unrepentant sin will be dealt with). Rather, His heart seeks to acquit; to exonerate one from guilt through Him, our Lord Jesus Christ, who bore the guilt we should have been marked by.
You see, the beauty of God’s heart is untouched by anything we can imagine. When we see Him set the spiritual captives free, the beauty of His heart understands that in our human capacity we will never comprehend the true and total cost of what it took to do that.
When we see Him heal we may rejoice in the miracle, but we will never understand with full clarity that there was never supposed to be a need for healing. The beauty of God’s heart sees the original wholeness that was intended from the beginning and that it’s only through the sadness of sin that this malady of the flesh has entered into the world. I imagine the beauty of God’s heart holds the simpleness of all that creation was intended to be when He spoke, “It is good,” (Genesis).
I imagine His heart holding everything that is good, and perfect, and lovely, and wonderful. Walking through the most beautiful field of flowers on the world’s most glorious day surrounded by the greatest peace this world has to offer could not even begin to scratch the surface of what we find in Him.
I imagine the beauty of His heart can be described much like His shining countenance found glowing from that Holy City in the Revelation. In it, there is brilliance and radiance. There is mystery, yet there is also a longing for intimacy with His creation. There is grandeur, but at the same time, it only takes the simplicity of faith to come near Him.
God watches mankind live after and pursue their own plans and purposes each and every day, yet the beauty of His heart holds the cares of each person and each choice we make, wayward or not.
The main thing is the beauty of God’s heart is intimately in touch with His creation; with you and me. No matter where we go, in flesh or just in thought, His heart knows and is involved.
As mighty, and holy, and sovereign, and omniscient as God is, why is He so mindful of us and our sometimes messy lives? The answer is because of the beauty of His heart. For above all, God is love (1 John 4:8) and His heart holds all the love that we can’t even begin to imagine, in the most beautiful sense, pure and undefiled from anything we can know down here, for each and every one of us.
Even when we reach that place in glory we may still not fully comprehend all the beauty His heart holds. But oh, how wonderful it is to experience it, feel it, and know the beauty of God’s heart holds a special place for me and you.
You are so beautiful to us and toward us. May we recognize the care You take to hold each one of us in the crevice of Your very being and may that realization cause us to draw nearer to You each and every day. In the name of Your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray,