Be blessed by this devotion by Evangelist Hein Strauss from Word for the World Ministries.
“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Bible states that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV) and “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
The sin-nature that infects every human heart is evident in everyday human life. Death, war, hatred, murder, rape and moral corruption dominate the news headlines, but they are but a few manifestations of sin’s effect on life. This then is the result of the Gospel as prophesied in the book of Ezekiel; “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV)
The Gospel is a heart transplant of epic proportions. It makes us aware of sin and helps us overcome its influence over our lives. Not only that, in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and our sin-debt paid. This is why so many Christians testify that Jesus changed their lives. This is no coincidence, it’s the result of a changed heart and a new nature; we have been born again!
God loves you more than even the most eloquent of speakers could ever communicate, more than even the best writers could pen, more than the greatest of artists could dream to express. Why, because He is Himself Love, and He gave it all, for all, once and for all at Calvary. All that He asks in return is for us to say yes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that we follow Him by faith.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”- I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
The heart is used as a symbol of love, because it was designed for love. The further removed from God, the greater the longing to find and fill it with anything that could nourish its craving for love. Just as man was made for God, so too was man’s heart made for love. We witness this every day in the little treasures of life. Remember that first love letter that was dedicated to you… Wow! How absolutely indescribable the feeling and how beautiful the moment… This is exactly what the Bible is; the ultimate love letter from the ultimate Lover – God is Love and He has already said yes!
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” – Augustine of Hippo.
God’s love impacts more than just our emotions. Yes, our emotions stir beyond human reason, far deeper is its impact than beautiful poetry, so very simple and uncomplicated is the experience, yet very hard to pen. Jesus gave a great example from the book of Luke, chapter 15; verses 11 to 32. But it is verse 20 that stirs me so passionately: “He got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (AMP). God is moved and excited when we run into His loving arms, and I thank Jesus for making such an experience possible, an experience that cannot be removed from the treasures of every transformed heart!
An encounter with the love of God changed my life. Nothing moved me more and nothing has added more value to my human existence than the day I discovered true Love.
This is God’s message to every beating heart; “I love you!”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NIV)
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