“Happy Hearts And Treasures” — For Where Your Treasure is …



Title:        “Happy Hearts & Treasures”

Author:    JacyJoyPals, TheologyGirl, ReformedWomen, Editor-Publisher

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 6:21

February 14 is the day we celebrate Valentines Day, the “happy heart” or “sweetheart” day.  The   special one in which we demonstrate the love we have for another.  I am reminded of past Valentine celebrations with red heart-shaped boxes of yummy chocolates, long-stem red roses, a moving verse in a lovingly chosen card, heart-shaped cakes deliciously prepared for the family dessert and, last but not least, those cherished “happy bubble heart” homemade Valentine cards given to us by the children.  It is these “happy hearts” and what they represent that I want to share about here.

Our children loved to draw “happy bubble hearts” on their handmade Valentine cards to us.  They would draw two hearts, big and puffy flowing into one another with the words “I love you” and their favorite “heart” verse from the Bible, signed proudly with their name and several “little” hearts with arrows through them just for good measure.  They would then “post” them all over the house, on our bedroom door, the fridge, doorways and every other place they could think of.  They rejoiced for each one that we found and the joy they brought us.  This was their special way of demonstrating their love to us on Valentines Day.  They knew these “happy hearts” would become treasures and reminders to us of their love. 

As I recall those special Valentine days, I am reminded of a greater gift of the “heart”  – the gift of Christ and His love. The Bible tells us that Christ “demonstrated” His love for us in that “while we were yet sinners” He “died for us” so that we would have life eternal. Not because of anything good in us but because of His amazing love and grace.  Like our children who gave us “happy hearts” “just because” we were mommy and daddy and love us in spite of us, Christ gave Himself for us because He loves us with an everlasting love.  The “Worthy” gave to the unworthy and we received the gift of a new heart — one that He fills with love for God and others.  His love was demonstrated by giving.  It was active and it gave Him joy to give it.  It is through this gift of His love and a new heart that we can demonstrate our love:

 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” I John 4:7-11

Love is demonstrative – it gives and in the giving, it is joyful and “fills up” and “runs over” in our hearts. “Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom [“heart”]” It is just like when we received those treasured “happy hearts” from our children, we felt a “joy” and a heart full of love for them that we could just pop.  This full heart can also be described as a “burning heart” – one that is filled to the brim with love that goes deep within.  The disciples understood this well: “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Their hearts were hearts “filled” with love for Christ and joy in hearing and understanding His Word. They learned, as we do, that by giving we receive.  A “happy heart” then is a “joyful giving heart,” one that is joined together in love for Christ and others.

As we think of these things, we are reminded that the love of God as defined and described in all of its meanings in God’s Word is wonderful.  We all have favorite passages that teach blessed truths about God’s love and how we are to love as His children.  There are not enough books in the world that could be written to cover such a glorious subject but it is one in which we should delight and seek to study and understand.  It is basic to our understanding of God and why we are to love.  Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his marvelous book “The Heart of the Gospel” points us to Christ and His atoning work on the cross as the foundation of love and happiness and shows us that through Christ’s giving, we receive. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson in his little book, “A Heart for God” says that a loving heart is one that “yearns to grow ever closer to Christ in a living relationship,” one in which the knowledge of God is paramount.  He goes on to say “knowledge of God is really the heart of all true understanding in the Christian life and this “knowledge of God is our greatest privilege.”  Thus, a heart that has knowledge of God will love and worship God and the result will be a “heart filled” with love for others.  It bears the fruit of a Christ-filled heart.  And finally, Leon Morris in “Testaments of Love, A Study of Love in the Bible,” says: “Love begets love. When God’s love reaches us, it transforms us. Truly understanding what Christ did in dying for us and truly responding to that love means becoming a different person.”

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to demonstrate love in a special way to others.  For Christians, every day is Valentine’s Day.  Each day is an opportunity for “happy hearts” to demonstrate their love for God and neighbor and every day is a day of happiness and rejoicing because Christ dwells therein.  

 “Come Thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing Thy grace….
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for Thy courts above.”


 Romans 5:8
 Hebrews 12:2
 Luke 6:38
 Luke 24:32
 Lloyd-Jones, Martyn:  “The Heart of the Gospel” 1991, Crossway Books
 Ferguson, Sinclair: “A Heart for God” 1985, NavPress
 Morris, Leon: “Testaments of Love, A Study of Love in the Bible” 1981, Eerdmans Publishing
 Robinson, Robert, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” 1758
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Behold, Thou art Fair, My Beloved

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant…” Song of Solomon 1:16a

WE love Him because He first loved us; we presume to call Him our beloved, because He first calls us His love. It is much for such unworthy creatures to have the right of saying this; much to have the feelings and desires which prompt this language. When Jesus speaks to our heart, as in the 15th verse (“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.”), there arises the trepidation of warm affection; and we would gladly give utterance to the strongest expressions of love; but we are so overwhelmed with His grandeur, and our unworthiness, as to hesitate in using words our emotions would justify. Hence the Holy Spirit has indited this language, and assures us we cannot do wrong in thus speaking of our Lord. Jesus is well pleased to have us call Him our beloved.

“THOU art fair.” How fair? Fairer than the sons of men; adorned with greater beauty than any of our fallen race; fairer too than the angels. (Hebrews 1) “Grace is poured into thy lips;” and when, in consequence of this, we wonder at the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth, we delight to add, “Yea, pleasant.” The pleasures of refined society, of society ennobled by intellectual culture and polished manners, in combination with the grace which purifies the heart for seeing God, are the most delightful possible for man. The society of Jesus, far from being gloomy and irksome, is captivating and delightful. In Him are united all conceivable charms, princely dignity, mind of infinite compass, illimitable influence, beauty, knowledge, and wisdom divine, a nature that is its self love. When in the form of a slave, in the flesh, emptied of His glory, there was a wondrous charm about His person, His presence, His conversation. “Never man spake like this man.” (John 7:46) What, therefore, must be the charm investing Him now in glory. Those who have been admitted to the gatherings in which the hospitality of high rank loved to assemble the courtly, the powerful, the learned, and the influential, delighted in those privileges as their happiest hours, and cherish the remembrance of them fondly in declining age. Of such privileges the humble saint may be deprived; but he mingles intimately in a more refined, more intellectual, more fascinating society — a gathering wherein He who presides as the King in the circle of His friends.

How pleasant is the society of Jesus, when He unfolds to us the way of salvation, opens the promises, encourages in difficulty, comforts in trouble, and speaks of the blessedness of heaven!

How rich the influence around His presence! In His presence is fullness of joy. When on earth, He must have possessed great attractions, to draw multitudes after Him into the wilderness, and retain them there for days without food. The indifference of the believer to the highest society among the irreligious, is the result of a deep and intelligent conviction of the superiority of the society of Christ. Entranced with His pleasantness, enchained with His wisdom, and rapt by the glorious visions of the ideal world unfolded by His promises, we exclaim, “This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” (Psalm 76:25)

The Song of Solomon, George Burrowes, c. 1853, Published by Banner of Truth Trust 1958, reprinted 1973

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Nevertheless I am continually with Thee:
Thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
For, lo, they that are far from Thee shall perish:
Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from Thee.
But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Thy works.
Psalm 73:23-28


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