Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-34
Oh, how great the love of the Lord is for you! Higher than the mightiest mountain, fuller than the boundless ocean, wider than the bluest sky, brighter than the most brilliant star, greater than all the elements of the universe put together. So great is His love for you.
God knew you before you were born. He has recorded every detail of your life, every day and moment has been written in His book from the foundation of the world. He knew all these things before He formed you in your mother’s womb!
His concern, care, and love for you are so incredible! If you could truly see and understand to the level of His love and care for your very soul it would make you fall to your knees in tears, praise, and gratitude to the God of all creation.
Your life is precious to Him, He desires for you to draw ever closer to Him. To believe everything He tells you. To follow and obey Him in all your ways. He does not want any of His precious children to wander away.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18
That is why He disciplines those He loves, chastises His loved ones, and corrects your ways. He does this so that you may turn to Him for forgiveness. That you may suffer less and be loved more. He so much desires to pour out His love, mercy, and grace upon you.
Those who are truly of God will be like Him. They will emulate Him. They will love without end, care without boundary, give without return, speak truth without hesitation, forgive without delay, show mercy without restrain, show kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience, and self-controlled without holding back.
Do not listen to the words of the backbiters, the actions of the deceivers, the whispering of the liars, or the buffoonery of the arrogant. But look and examine the evidence of a life lived in integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and holiness with a single-minded eye.
Not only will you see the evidence of those who walk in uprightness, but you will also see the evidence of those who walk in wickedness. A tree is known for its fruits, either it is good or it is bad. The taste is unmistakable!
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.” Matthew 12:33