I often get to witness God’s heart through my husband as he dotes on our beautiful little girl. Helping her when she is in need; watching over her with a protective eye; daily sacrificing his time; showing patience, forgiveness and grace.
This reminds me of the heart of God for us as his beloved daughters. He loves us no matter what with his perfect love. A love that never hurts us but always has the best: protecting, comforting, and soothing us in infinite measure. His grace is never-ending. He is always present with us and desires to hear from us constantly.
God just wants to spend time with you. The heart of God for you is saturated in love—a perfect love—and everything he does for you is with that love.
This is seen throughout the Bible, with the bigger picture being a redemptive story to save his children who he loves, bringing them back to him. He’s the best Father, who always loves you and has the best for you.
His heart is always that you would know he loves you so much. Seeking his heart to have a deeper connection with him leads to greater knowledge of him and this perfect love that he has for you.
Near to the Heart of God
People are near to the heart of God; the Bible shows this time after time through his great love. God so loves people, his creation, that he made us in his image.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27, NIV)
When you are brokenhearted, hurt, or in trouble, he sees you and he’s always wanted to rescue his people. This shows his heart of love.
We see this consistently in the Bible: when he rescued the Isrealites from slavery in Egypt; when he called Jonah to Nineveh to save the Assyrians; and of course his greatest rescue for mankind, sending his son Jesus to die on the cross to have a relationship with you.
Even those who haven’t made a decision for Christ yet, he still loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. He is just waiting with open arms to embrace you as his child.
This shows you are near to the heart of God when you call him Father and have devoted your life to him. His love for you is great and it’s a perfect love that never fails, never hurts you, and never judges your choices. It’s a never-ending love for you that is pure.
You are always near to the heart of God and scripture has shown us this throughout generations despite people’s poor choices and going against God. His heart is always for us.
Types of Heart According to the Bible
The condition of your heart is so important to God (1 Samuel 16:7). As his children, as new creations, being crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), he has given you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26). But you have to be aware of the state your heart is in.
- We see in scripture that God hardened hearts, such as Pharaoh’s, and what happens then.
- Having a humble heart before God should be strived for.
- Also he desires you to have a pure heart: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8, NIV)
- You don’t want a prideful heart; one that takes glory from God.
- Our hearts are deceitful by nature because of the fall (Jeremiah 17:9), and you have to choose to pursue walking in his righteousness.
- Since your heart is sinful by nature, you have to make sure your heart is not walking towards evil: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (Matthew 15:19, NIV)
Instead, make a choice to pursue and pray for a humble heart, a pure one and a softened one. Don’t choose to have a hardened heart before God, but keep it pliable before him and humble.
Knowing God’s heart for you allows you to know how loved you are. It allows you to choose to keep the condition of your heart before him right.
Drawing near to the heart of God allows you to have a deeper connection with him. Consider these truths for how you can grow your heart closer to Jesus.
God Knows Your Heart
God is aware of your heart. He knows if you are striving to love him with your whole heart. He knows if you are pursuing other things above him, and what your heart’s desires are.
Acknowledging what is coming before God in your heart is necessary and surrendering it to him will give you a deeper heart connection with him.
You should evaluate the posture of your heart in each situation so you are right with God; that you’re walking with integrity and honoring him in the present situation.
You need to clean out your heart and continually check the condition of it. You need to make sure that your heart is not being driven by emotions and that you aren’t listening to them or making decisions based on them.
Examine your heart posture each day and in each situation to make sure it is right before him. Pray for a right heart in all things and a heart for him always—to love him first before it all.
A heart that loves him above all is a heart deeply connected to him.
“A Man After God’s Heart”
As you read God’s word you can see many attributes that please God displayed by people throughout the Bible.
We read in Acts 13:22 about God seeing David in this way due to his actions:
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” (NIV)
Noah was a righteous man and faithful man to God:
“… Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” (Genesis 6:9, NIV)
Abraham had great faith in God:
“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (Genesis 15:6, NLT)
You need to learn what pleases God and strive toward it with the help of the Holy Spirit in order to have a deeper heart connection with him.
The more you pursue his commands, abide in him, seek God’s heart, and walk toward being like him, you can see his heart for you and develop a greater heart connection with him.
The desires of God’s heart are clear. He wants a relationship with you; you were created for that.
What you desire should be more of him and to walk in his ways. Your heart will either draw you closer to him or away from him. Examine your desires.
“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17, NIV)
You need to desire his will, to walk in his ways, and to follow his word. Desire the things of God. Doing this will bring your heart closer to him and give you a better connection.
Letting Go of Past Wounds
Your heart can be consumed by hurt from things you experienced in the past. This pain can cause anger, bitterness, and resentment, which can block you from really connecting with God on a deep heart level.
It’s therefore important to deal with past wounds with God and not hold back anything from him. There can be layers of hurt that cause you to believe lies today from the enemy. It can be the root of your struggles.
Seek God and he will reveal what you need to heal from in a gentle way. Giving him your hurt in this manner will help you walk toward that.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)
Let him into these painful places for healing and have a deeper heart connection.
God’s heart for you has always been of love; he loves you with a perfect love that never fails. You can know his heart more by striving to develop a deep heart connection with him by examining your heart condition, being more like God, desiring the things of God, and letting go of past wounds. His heart is always for you.