When Someone Sees My Face What Kind of Heart Do they See?

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The word ‘heart’ appears at 725 in the Old Testament and 105 in the King James Version of the Bible.

“Heart” in the  (Hebrew lebab/leb [b’bel], Gk. kardia [kardiva]) Heart denotes a person’s center for both physical and emotional-intellectual-moral activities; sometimes it is used figuratively for any inaccessible thing.

Throughout the Bible, one sees examples of men and women of God whose “moral” hearts failed them. However, when God saw that their hearts called out to Him he forgave them of their sins.  Was there a way for the people around them to know that they were in spiritual turmoil?

People tell us that our eyes are the “windows” to our soul. I would like to add that our faces are also a visual representation of our heart/soul. When one meets a person who is always frowning, who is always whining and complaining about what is bad with society, people, politicians, it will show in their faces too. A frowned face, a face that never smiles, a face that is permanently etched with the words “Back Off! I am afraid of you, I don’t want to know you, I don’t care about you!” is a face that had no joy. It is a face that shows a troubled heart. Have you ever made bread? How heavy does the dough feel in your hand? Then after the bread is baked that same dough, that same mound of wheat that was being formed to nourish s soul is now light, golden, and inviting?

Scripture tells us that the state of our heart/souls matters to God. Your heart lies ‘open before the Lord. 

Proverbs 15:11 tells us that “Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?”

God knows when the worse time ever known to man will present itself to us. So, why would He not know the condition of our hearts?  We will have horrid thoughts that present themselves in the form of horrible words, but what do we need to do?  We will experience troubles. We will experience a heavy heart. Because of all those things, and others too, We will sin.  But there is a way for us to restore our joy.  Seek His face, as for His forgiveness.

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He will hear us and forgive us – if we are truly seeking forgiveness.  How will we know that our heart is right with him? Our faces will once again show that the “joy of the Lord” is our strength. The worry line will disappear and our frowns will become smiles.

Prayer: Thank you Lord because you do not look at just our faces you look at the deep areas of our hearts. As I walk through this day may my face reflect the love, joy, peace, and forgiveness I have received from you. May my face reflect the love that I have in my heart for you. Selah

 

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