“As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.”
This verse tells us that the heart reflects the real person, just as water reflects the face of the onlooker. The heart is a mirror of the inward person, what we may not see on the face of man, God sees on the heart of man.
Therefore, it is important that we examine our motives, affections and intentions constantly. God’s Word tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
"I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds." (Jeremiah 17:9-10). He sees the intent even before we have consciously formed the thought; God saw our heart at work before we succumbed to the sin that enticed our heart.
We must do more than listen to God’s Word. We must do as it instructs, otherwise, we are only fooling ourselves. If we listen but don’t obey it will be like looking at ourselves in a mirror, walking away and forgetting what we saw. But if we look at His Word, it sets us free, and when we do what He says, we don’t forget what was heard and our heart reflects Him (see James 1:23-25).
Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh, LORD, my strength and my redeemer. You are great in counsel and mighty in deed. Your eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man; rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. O LORD, you have a steadfast love and you know the inward heart. Help us to reflect your image. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
A special Note:
Friends, enjoy your Memorial Holiday; remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, and especially praise God for the freedom He brought us through His Son Jesus Christ. I will return again on Tuesday, May 31st.
Connie Renfro ©