My Heartbeat – I Want My Heart to Beat with God’s Heart

God, I want my heart to beat for the very thing your heart beats for. This is one of the themes that stuck with me as I read through Jeremiah 4. Weird, right? I know. Because Jeremiah 4 is kind of a hard pill to swallow reading about the destruction and punishment of sin that was about to come on the people of Israel, Judah and Jerusalem. 

As I read through, I could not ignore the heart of Jeremiah for his people as he delivered the message of what was to come to them. In Jeremiah’s words, “My heart, my heart—I writhe in pain! My heart pounds within me! I cannot be still. For I have heard the blast of enemy trumpets and the roar of their battle cries.” Jeremiah 4:19 NLT

And what that revealed to me is the heart of God for people. Because God uses people whose hearts are filled with compassion and love for people. A leader will usually surround himself with people who will support and further his cause. A bad or tyrant leader, therefore, will want people just like him and a leader for the people will want others like him in his cabinet.  It, therefore, means that we have a Jeremiah as a prophet because the one who was sending him needed someone who could mirror his heart of compassion for what was about to befall his people. 

Saw a quote in line with this while reading through one of the devotional apps I use – Joe Battaglia, the author of The Politically Incorrect Jesus, said this: “It has been said that righteousness without tears is arrogance. I’m afraid the world has seen too much of our righteousness and not our tears of compassion.”
Jeremiah didn’t hide the truth even though it was hard but his heart for the people was evident. Through his actions, we see what it means to hate the sin but love the sinner. As ambassadors of God, that’s the very call we have been given. We are to point people to reconciliation and the love of God. That means we preach his love and righteousness, not our self-righteousness. God hates sin, true. But He loves all the people too. God hates sin because of the damage it does both to the one who sins and those around him. 

When our hearts beat for people like God’s does, we will understand even more the reason for his laws. And we will work even more to draw hearts to him. The heart of a true servant called by God is one filled with compassion and that beats for what His heart beats for, which is people. 

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18‭-‬21 NLT

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