How does God seek to win our hearts?

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By BibleAsk Team


To understand how God seeks to win our hearts, we must explore the multifaceted ways in which He reveals His love, grace, and mercy toward humanity throughout the Bible. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Creator’s relentless pursuit of our hearts is evident in His actions, teachings, and interactions with His people.

Through an examination of Scripture, we can discern the various ways in which the Lord seeks to draw us closer to Himself, inviting us into a deeper relationship with Him. Let’s explore this theme in detail, drawing upon key passages from the Bible.

Creation and Providence

Genesis 1-2: The Creator’s love is evident in the creation of the world and humanity. In Genesis, we read how the Almighty formed Adam and Eve in His image and entrusted them with stewardship over His creation. The beauty and intricacy of the natural world reflect His creative love and care for His creatures.
Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.”

Revelation through Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Personal Encounters and Relationships

Exodus 33:11: “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”
John 15:13-15: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

Redemption through Christ

John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Guidance through the Holy Spirit

John 14:16-17: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Love – Illustration

The prodigal son parable is a perfect example of how the Lord seeks to win our hearts to Him (Luke 15). Jesus portrays the father (Heavenly Father) as waiting for his son every day anticipating his return. The father longs to see his son and embrace him. When the father reaches his son, he throws his arms around him, and greets him with a kiss of love (1 Peter 5:14). The father does not question his son, instead, he unconditionally forgives him and accepts him back into the house. The father does not even let his son finish his sorrowful confession.

The father running to his son, greeting him with a kiss and ordering the celebration is a glimpse of how our Heavenly Father feels towards His children that come back to Him. The Creator infinitely loves us and waits for us to repent. He does not want any to perish (Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Corinthians 3:15).

The father brings his best garment and a ring for the son’s hand and shoes for his feet. These represent what we receive in Christ when we surrender to Him: the robe of the Redeemer’s righteousness (Isaiah 61:10), the Spirit of adoption (Ephesians 1:5), and feet that walk in His path (Ephesians 6:15). God’s unconditional love wins the sinner back to Him “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

The Creator draws our hearts by His eternal love through the work of the Holy Spirit. He may use His Word, people, events or even personal convictions to speak to our hearts. And when the sinner is restored back to the Father, His grace and mercy flow through his life (Psalm 40:2; 103:4). Sinners receive forgiveness and a new heart. They become heirs of the Lord and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17; Ephesians 1:18-19).

Conclusion

Throughout Scripture, the Creator’s desire to win our hearts is evident in His creative acts, His revelation through Scripture, His personal interactions with individuals, His sacrificial love through Christ, and His ongoing guidance through the Holy Spirit. As we meditate on these truths and respond in faith and obedience, we open our hearts to experience the fullness of the heavenly Father’s love and presence in our lives. May we continually seek to draw near to Him, knowing that He eagerly desires to draw near to us (James 4:8).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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