A Heart Like God’s

Acts 13.22 describes why God chose David to become king of Israel: God made David king, saying, “I have found David … to be a man after my own heart” (NLT).

The goal of a Christ follower is to have a heart like God’s.

I’ve written before about a prayer that has become part of our family’s prayer life: God, give me a heart like yours (I also wrote a follow-up post).

The phrase comes from Max Lucado’s book, Hermie, A Common Caterpillar. In fact, as I was writing this post, I asked the kids what God said to Hermie and Wormie. Sarah said, “I’m not finished with you yet. I’m giving you a heart like mine.”

So, what is God’s heart like?

Well, there’s no exhaustive list, but some qualities that come to mind when I think of God’s heart include …

  • Loving: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son …” (John 3.16)

  • Forgiving: “But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.” (1 John 1.9)

  • Generous: “My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4.9)

  • Wise: “God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep!”

  • Patient: “The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives.” ( Peter 3.9)

  • Persistent: “Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house as long as I live.” (Psalm 23.6)

What qualities would you add?

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