Surely I've talked to you at other times about the fact that God looks on the heart.
We preach it...but do we believe it.
The pastor where I attend had a sermon on
that, which encouraged me to "put in my two cents...or in MY case...two minutes. We talk about how, although we can sin,
no matter how we try not to; but as the Apostle Paul said, and I'm paraphrasing, the things he would do, he doesn't
do, and the things he would not do, he does. Thankfully, when we realize we've gone amiss, God forgives, and we try to
not repeat that thing. But is still lists in our minds...one of "do's," and one of "don'ts."
Back in 1980, I wrote a poem about that. It's in my website in my book, "Poems From the Heart,"
but for your convenience, I'll repeat it here:
I dreamed I went to Heaven, and my what a surprise
I'd been told I wouldn't see, all passed before my eyes
A young girl
stood before the Lord, dressed wrong, so I'd been told
But God looked past
her clothes, and saw...a heart of solid gold.
"But Lord," I tugged
hard at His sleeve..."her lipstick bothers me"
"But see her heart,"
The Lord replied..."It's free of jealousy."
A Man who always dozed
in church, sat sleeping in his chair
A smiling Lord said, "Check his heart...you'll
find no envy there."
A lady knocked at Heaven's gate...God nodded when
But she was whispering to a friend, and didn't get the word.
Another saw a young man's beard, and turned herself about
man walked in...the gate swung shut...the gossip was left out.
And so I had to
make a choice; to judge by what I saw...
Or let the Lord look on the heart, and
overlook the flaw
I wrestled with it...ah, so long...til breaking of the day
And finally agreed with him...and so...He let me stay!
be ever so careful about judging, not only others, but ourselves, so that we don't rationalize to make excuses for our
own mistakes. God knows every circumstance. He won't be fooled. Give your heart to Him, if you haven't already.