“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind…” (Jeremiah 17: 9-10)
In this passage of Scripture God gives us all a spiritual cardiogram. According to the prophet Jeremiah, our heart is not only desperately wicked, but above all things our heart is deceitful. We can pay a professional therapist thousands of dollars to help us understand our deceitful heart. But according to Jeremiah, the reality is our heart is so deceitful only God is qualified to understand it.
I once had the immature belief that if you showed me someone I could understand you would be showing me someone I could love. In my experience of more than sixty years as a pastor I have met people I understood pretty well but found it very difficult to love. I now have a more mature belief.
In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John we read that Jesus told the apostles to lift up their eyes before they looked upon the fields (people) of this world. He was teaching them that if we look at people through the lenses of the way God sees them we will never meet anyone we cannot love because God loves them all. He loves them so much He became a man and died for them.
Beginning with those who live under the same roof with you, and moving out from there, are you willing to lift up your eyes and get God’s perspective on the people who intersect your life before you look at them? That can revolutionize your relationships!
This is true because you will never see or meet anyone God does not love whom Christ cannot love through you.