I think a lot of time people confuse love, with a physical attraction, infatuation, even a daydream or fantasy. While all of us have our flaws, God’s ways are perfect and so is His love. Perfect love is mature love, lasting love, understanding love. Agape is God’s holiest love.
Perfect love is comfort, wisdom and peace. Love should last a lifetime and longer, it really is love everlasting, Jeremiah tell us about God’s everlasting love. And what’s more God is all knowing and He knows hearts.
Let’s read about Samuel choosing a king. God rejected Eliab in favor of a young David.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
Notice the word perfect or mature here, just like perfect love puts out fear, see how it continues in the New Testament.
And they prayed, “Lord, You know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen. ” Acts 1:24
Sometimes, we see what we want to, hope for or even believe of people we think are Christians. They don’t always receive or act according to God’s purposes. People who are unbelievers are people who really need the love of Jesus. It is sad to say that some of them act better than Christians.
So the Lord teaches us not to judge except righteously. He looks at hearts. We are wrapped up in looks, well, many of us to the point of neglecting to recognize the qualities that God may have placed in the heart. And some may not even agree with God’s choices, that’s why it’s difficult at times to get believers to agree on anything.
As we focus on hearts and Valentines, this month, let’s focus on Jesus, Hebrews 12:2, look at what He looked like, Isaiah 53 says He had no beauty about Him, but even in that blood and torn flesh He was beautiful, because I can see His heart, and I am mature enough to know that.