“But I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.” –John 5:42 (NIV)
What I admire most about the character of Sherlock Holmes is his keen attention to detail and his analytical abilities. Armed with these he is able to expose the truth about a person without fail. Even though others may be thoroughly convinced about the veracity of a person’s account or identity, Holmes will make observations that will reveal all hidden intentions and discover who a person really is and what actually happened. He will be able to pick out things from their appearance, or from their reactions and the way they compose themselves; using these to dispel any falsehood and uncover the truth. No one can hide for long from Sherlock’s powers of deduction and it is no wonder that he is perhaps the most compelling and celebrated fictional detective in literature.
Yet not even Sherlock could probe into the heart of man like God can. Nothing is hidden before Him and He knows our innermost thoughts. Therefore He knows when we do not have His love in our hearts. We may try to convince others of our compassion and love by our actions and the words that we say. However, if genuine love is absent in our hearts, if instead the slightest bit of hatred and arrogance is present in our lives, then we do not have the love of God for His love purges us of these venomous attitudes. If the love of God has not transformed every fiber of our being, our hatred and pride will eventually surface; rendering our kind words and actions meaningless and hollow. That is why we need Christ. When we have allowed Him to reign in our hearts and seek to keep in tune with His Spirit within us, He will correct our attitudes so that His love may overflow from within us. Walking humbly before Him and allowing his Spirit to carry out His work in our lives, we will know what it means to have the love of God; that love which transforms not only ourselves, but brings life and hope to others.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.