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To Break God's Heart

"The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart" (Genesis 6:5-6).

When we think about sin--our rebellion against God and willful decision to choose our own way--the consequences of sin are never far from our minds. We see the results of our choice every day, with sickness and death running rampant, broken relationships lurking behind every door, uncertainty and doubt plaguing our decisions.

We also understand that our sin has created a breach between us and God. We know this is bad for us, because we were created to be in relationship with God, and now that overarching purpose is impossible in our own strength.

But what we don't often consider is how our sin affects God.

In Genesis 6, God looks down at the world nearly a thousand years after speaking it into being. He sees that the people He created to be His own special possession have completely rejected the good way He prepared for them, choosing instead the wickedness of their own hearts. They revel in their depravity, rejoicing that they have complete control over their lives and can do whatever they please.

God sees this, and God grieves.

It's mind-blowing to consider that our actions can break the heart of the all-powerful God. Our sin inspires deep sorrow in Him, because He knows this is not how it is meant to be. If we would only listen to Him and submit ourselves to Him again, He would show us what true life is. He weeps over us, pierced to the very core by the wickedness we have chosen for ourselves.

Our rebellion against God isn't just something we now have to suffer for. God loves us so much that He suffers with us.

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