The Heart for People
How do you know someone's heart? The scripture says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21).
God's heart can be described as with a burning desire for people. It is His passion.
The gospel says that God created man, man rejected God, God pursues man to extreme ends - giving His Son to die. He spends so much effort because of His love for us. His heart overflows into action. Psalm 103:8 says, "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." Abounding in love towards us!
His people are important to Him. His relationship with His creation is important to Him. Even for as corrupt of a people we are/can become, God can simply destroy us if we weren't a priority (Exodus 32:7) .
Know that we are so important to God that He would at all costs reach the one lost member... the one hurting member (Luke 13:10).
God longs for that right relationship with us and left us with the right example to show His heart to the world (Luke 13:34; Luke 15; John 3:16).
Let us show God's heart this week in our desire to spread the gospel and reach one - while ensuring that the 99 are kept safe.