Some people are great talkers; some are great walkers. Many people talk a good game but have never stepped onto the field of play. A talker boasts great exploits; a walker’s actions speak for themselves. Talkers are usually unpredictable, erratic, superficial, and short-term while walkers are consistent, steady, deep, and long-term. Talkers avoid or resist the storms of life. Walkers embrace their storms as God’s refining transformation.
Before committing or trusting yourself to another person—whether it is dating, marriage, business, or any other relationship—get to know their heart. Talkers can bluff their way through for a while, but walkers are consistently honest from day one. A leopard cannot change its spots (Jeremiah 13:23) no matter how loudly it roars.
The heart is different than a perception or projection. A person’s heart is their lifestyle—habits, mannerisms, passions, characteristics, haunts, vices, standards, morals, priorities, preferences, convictions.
To truly know someone’s heart requires a significant time investment. It involves listening to what is said and unsaid as well as observing their lifestyle. When assessing (not judging) the person as a whole, keep in mind that the fruit confirms the tree (Matthew 7:20).
We can apply the same principles to God. To truly know His heart requires quality, quiet time with Him—reading His Word and listening for His gentle whisper. Absorb and apply what He says but avoid and disregard what He does not say. Over time, you will see His heart even while not fully understanding what He is doing. Seeing and sensing His heart encourages us to trust Him.
Make sure your heart aligns with what you want people to believe about you.
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