The Reality of God’s Relational Love: Thus Speaks the Heart (1)

         God’s love is relational.

         If one is filled with the Spirit of God one expresses godly love toward others.

         Why? Because as I relayed in the former series, On the Threshold of Heaven, God is love. This means God is loving. All the time. Toward everyone. It is His nature. It is impossible for God to be unloving because God cannot be what He is not.

         This fact should not be so hard to ascertain.

         God is love.

         Some people, however, are impossible to love because they never give love, not to anyone, and certainly not to God. So it’s not the Lord’s fault if people don’t love Him back. It’s like talking to a wall.

         The results of this lack of love among so many is readily apparent. We see the results everywhere. Everyone on the planet, regardless of political affiliation, culture, belief system, religion, or perspective, knows that the human race in general is capable of engaging in some pretty bad stuff, stuff that is not loving and has nothing to do with love.

         There are people who greatly appreciate this planet. They do not like what has happened to the planet. They are against all the pollution and chemical poisoning and destruction of species and habitats, and argue very strongly that we as a race are slowly destroying our only home and better get our act together.

         I agree with them 100%.

         I support them 100%.

         And I believe God is without doubt on their side of the argument. He doesn’t appreciate His planet getting trashed either.

         Imagine if someone were to pollute their own house or backyard—the yard their innocent unknowing children play in. Imagine if a person poisoned their domicile and never cleaned it. Imagine if someone never took a shower…

         Pretty bad, I know. Some people are like this. But the clear fact is that humanity as a race is exactly like this. It’s what we do. All one must do is look around. According to the apostle Paul, the planet is groaning under the weight and pollution of humanity:

         For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. [Romans 8:19-22]

         We know the planet is filled with pollution. We know there are people living on gigantic mountainous trash dumps in places. There are whole societies that either do not have the knowledge or resources to live better, or simply don’t care, and they live in filth. And because of that their bad consequences are off the scale. We must help them.

         I saw a show the other day about the tuberculosis epidemic of a century ago. People who lived in polluted cities all crammed together and getting their lungs full of bad bacteria were dying in droves. Some people thought their health might be better served if they got out of the dirty city and into the open countryside with fresh air. Some got better. Amazing! What a coincidence.

         It used to be said that cleanliness is next to godliness. Many people take great care in their appearance and grooming. It takes work to keep one’s place cleaned up, organized, and in good repair. Life is much, much better when one lives in a healthy environment.

         But regarding the planet, we as a race are creating so much garbage, industrial waste, and extremely dangerous and disease-causing byproducts with no place to put all this junk that it must result in something eventually too evil to imagine.

         Even though we have made great strides in the last fifty years from a time when America was especially extremely polluted by a bunch of unthinking nitwits who only cared about their own greed, the planet itself is presently being polluted by so many other industrial nations with no plans to keep it clean that the earth is quickly becoming the equivalent of a massive trash pile.

         I could go on. People have bought into the lies of the hiders and distorters and refuse to face facts or do anything about it.

         But what about human bodies? Why are diseases and sicknesses going through the roof? Why are so many people ill and dependent on pharmaceutical drugs to stay “healthy” and alive? People do very well to groom themselves outwardly but many inwardly are pretty messed up.

         We must get healthy without AND within, and not merely put forth the outer appearance of health. Some people think it’s better to look good than to feel good. That’s why we have massive landfills that grow like their own hill country and are eventually covered up with a layer of soil and grass to appear somewhat good, but we know what’s underneath.

         Maybe it’s the best we can do.

         But have you ever noticed how nature in and of itself recycles everything? Natural waste is transformed into more pure nature. Take humanity off the planet and it’s a perfect ecosystem lasting for billions of years.

         No major mammal, or fish, or bacteria, or any other organism can mess it up.

         NATURE IS SELF-CLEANING.

         It should be obvious though, that humanity is not. Humanity in general pollutes. Many of us try very hard to keep things clean. Many succeed. But until everyone gets on board pollution will continue.

         Was there pollution during the Lord’s time? Undoubtedly. Yet, the Hebrews had been taught by God in their early history to be clean, and the Lord codified within the Law of Moses exactly what that meant.

         He gave them laws regarding personal cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation. He was very specific. It’s in your Bible. The majority of Christians have always traditionally rejected these laws to their own peril. His purpose toward cleanliness was designed to keep individuals clean and also so the community as a whole could be clean. Because of this, the ancient Hebrews were perhaps the cleanest people on the planet—as long as they obeyed the laws.

OUR HEARTS

         When the Lord Jesus came, He certainly touched on these things, but the one thing He was most concerned about cleaning up was the human heart.

         In our day, many people are having increasing problems with their physical heart. Because of bad diets and self-pollution (eating chemicals, smoking, ingesting drugs, etc), hearts are being stressed in a major way. Arteries get clogged up. The heart is a blood pump and must work at peak efficiency and all parts must work correctly. People should know to take care of their hearts instead of taking them for granted.

         But much more important are our spiritual hearts. All of the pollution within a human being eventually ends up there. That’s where it is deposited. The spiritual heart is the final location for all the bad stuff. It has nowhere else to go.

         The uncleansed heart is exactly the same as a parcel of land with a little landfill on it packed with garbage. All expressions coming forth from a person come through this polluted place to one degree or another and influence anyone in the vicinity.

         How?

         Through SPEECH.

         Through our VOICES.

         It is through the mechanism of our SPEAKING that brings forth whatever may be resident in our hearts. Our words reveal whatever is hidden there:

         “…For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

         “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.

         “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

         “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” [Matthew 12:34-37] [1]

         Based on this, it is imperative that our speech be cleansed.

         But our speech can never be cleansed until our hearts are cleansed.

         And it is only when our hearts become cleansed that God is able to tame the tongue…

         © 2015 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued.]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

[Please bless others with these messages according to whatever the Lord may place upon your heart. Thanks.]

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Posted on February 14, 2015, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This post was a little different from your usual ones, but very timely in this hour we live in. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that humanity is becoming as defiled and polluted as what they are doing to the planet, and the earth is rebelling against it with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other violent weather disturbances.

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    • Thanks Scarlett. Yeah, that’s the point I am making, that each human being is a microcosm of the planet, in that humans are polluted. That’s sounds really bad, but it pretty much explains everything, and I would think especially from God’s perspective.

      What a loving Lord Jesus we have that He would take it upon Himself and do the manly thing, the great thing, and sacrifice Himself on our behalf to make us pure—to clean out all the garbage from our hearts.

      If people only knew, again, from His perspective, how much untruth, misinformation, sin, and garbage is resident within. The spirituality of us all must be addressed. It is a major component, indeed the greatest component of our makeup.

      Spiritual cleansing is called for and the Lord loves us and can guide us through it. It begins with repentance. But especially, unreal Christians must quit playing the masquerade game thinking they are fine when they are just as polluted as the earth. May all those who believe themselves to be His followers repent fully and properly, and get clean so the Lord can fully and properly fill us with Himself to overflowing.

      Like our forebears from the beginning long ago, He needs us to have His power so He can minister to others in miraculous ways. Being filled with His Spirit is a necessary and vital part of our discipleship. Our tongues must be tamed. Our speech must be pure. Our hearts must be cleansed.

      Be blessed.

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  2. Isaiah 24:5 (ASV) The earth also is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.

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  3. A timely sermon. Thanks.

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  4. Timely…personally. I have been going through old journals for the last few days from the last 8 years. I have seen so many prayers from different stages where God was working in different areas to “clean up pollution”. It is good to stroll down memory lane and see the faithfulness of God. When we humble ourselves and pray, He cleanses and heals our “land”.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Natalie. Hope all is well. Journaling is good. The Lord does so much in our lives and shows us so many things over the years. It is good to record it all as best we can, and in those times of review discover how it relates to the present and how it can help us and others, and further the Lord’s work.

      It is that way with His revelations that He gives us. They are so often a result of our spiritual hunger and seeking though we sometimes don’t make the connection. Keep journaling. And I encourage everyone to do the same, or start today.

      A friend of mine told the story in one his books about a couple of believers meeting for the first time coming in opposite directions on a hiking trail in a national forest somewhere. One of them suddenly told the other that he would be married at such a time and gave further detail. The other guy thought it somewhat odd but received it. Several years later the latter man was invited to a Bible Study at someone’s house. He brought his new wife. They had never been there before. It was that other guy’s house! Both men recalled the meeting on the trail years before and then suddenly the homeowner went upstairs and came back with one of his many journals. He found the section referring to that hiking trail meeting and read it aloud to the astonished man and his new wife…

      The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. [Psalm 37:23 NKJV]

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  5. I am so thankful to have found your blog. Thank you for visiting mine. Come back when you can stay awhile!! Blessings.

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