The expectation of the heart must be based on this certainty: “In all the world there is none but Thee, my God, there is none but Thee.” Until the human heart rests there, every other relationship in life is precarious and will end in heartbreak. There is only one Being Who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The whole history of envy and cruelty in human relationships is summed up in the demand for infinite satisfaction from human hearts. We will never get it, and we are apt to become cruel, vindictive, bitter, and often criminal. When once the heart is right with God and the real center of the life satisfied, we never expect or demand infinite satisfaction from a finite heart; we become absolutely kind to all other hearts and never become a snare.

Reflection Questions: What does my lack of kindness reveal about my desire for satisfaction from someone other than God? How would my attitude toward people change if all my hope were in God?

Quotations taken from The Moral Foundations of Life, © Discovery House Publishers

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