Scripture Reading: Psalms 51:10
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5)
Not long after the beautiful event of creation, and the wonderful experience of having a creature who carries His very nature and who can represent Him on the earth and most excitedly who can be the focus of His love, God came to this painful conclusion concerning the one He previously said was good; “They are corrupt and full of wickedness.” The NIV Bible says about God’s response to man’s evil, “The Lord grieved…and His heart was filled with pain.”
Just before the scripture tells us of the broken heart of the Creator over the corruption of man He made, we were given a glimpse of the physical state of man at that time. The Bible says the women were very beautiful and so attractive that they made spiritual beings forfeit their positions just to take them as wives. As a result, the earth then was filled with giants, great men of renowned famous heroes and mighty men; men a creator would be proud of.
Yet when God beheld these men and women, His heart broke; He was grieved and full of regret. As a result, He withdrew His eternal spirit from them. And so while other eyes saw elegance and gorgeousness, God saw vileness and creatures unrighteous enough to be totally erased.
What then is God’s definition of beauty? What does the Most Holy find attractive and irresistible? In Isaiah 57:15, the Lord says, “I am the high and holy God…I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant…”
It is clearly shown from God’s written words, that what draws God to a man is the state of His heart. Just as the fallen angels were attracted to the women with physical beauty and vile hearts, so is our great and mighty God attracted to a humble and repentant heart. The real matter is the matter of the heart; the nature of the heart a man or woman carries determines whether he or she is beautiful or despicable. Physical beauty without a correct heart will only attract fallen angels to a person. Lucifer was shown by the scripture to be the most beautiful of all God’s creature, yet iniquity was found in his heart and it transformed him into the devil we battle against today.
How does God see you, beloved? Are you beautiful to Him, or does the state of your heart make you despicable to the Most Holy? Putting aside the beautiful things others see about you, is darkness still lurking within your heart? Darkness of hatred, pride, unforgiveness, vengeance, lust, envy, bitterness and all such make one unattractive before God.
There is provision for a beautiful heart for those of us who sincerely acknowledge to God the secret sickness of our heart. “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you…” To what profit is our beautiful appearance if it will only attract evil to us? Why not humble yourself today and with a repentant heart invite the One who alone can make you truly beautiful. Just as the patriarch David cried, “Create a pure heart in me, o God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me!” Why not come let’s do the same.
MASS: GREEN Gen 1: 20 – 2: 4a; Ps 8: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9; Mk 7: 1-13
- Take a worship song to praise God.
- Confess every wrong heart condition, such as unforgiveness, bitterness, grudge, envy, etc.
- Create in me a pure heart O Lord and put Your Holy Spirit within me. (Pray meditatively)
- Lord, God of mercy, grant me the grace to have a pure heart towards others.
Exercise: Take time today to x-ray the unguarded thoughts of your heart and tell it to God.
Meditation: Matthew 5:8