If I were to ask you to think about the heart you would probalby think of a heart drawn on a piece of paper coloured red. Sometimes we think of the word love. We might picture an embrace, a couple holding hands, a mother and a child. Some will immediately think of the muscle that pumps blood in our bodies and is so vital to each one of us! Others might think of a broken heart, pain caused by someone long gone that left and empty place in their lives.
The Bible tells us many things about the heart and one that has always stuck with me, since I first became a Christian is this:
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
The people of God had once again turned away from their King. God’s message is of punishment and He warns us about the heart! This is not to be taken likely. It is in our heart that love will grow and be nurtured, but our hearts will also produce things, attitudes, that are not in line with God’s will for our lives.
A few months ago I attended a training course for youth leaders and the speaker pointed out time and time again that we need to deal with the problems of the heart when we think of our children and youth in our churches. The heart that is not centered in God, the heart that has pushed the King away. The heart that refuses to bow before the One who stands with all authority to forgive and redeem. That made me think of how many times we overlook the state of our hearts and since then I have been thinking about this blog. A blog to talk about things of the heart.
It is not all gloomy and desperate though! Jesus has paid the price for us and has welcomed us into His family. For those who have come before Him and given their lives to Him there is hope! That is why we are encouraged to live a life pursuing holiness and being strengthened in our faith day by day.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
It is my sincere desire and my prayer that we can find encouragement in the posts and that we may find strength in us to expose the heart before the throne and let the Creator and Author of life take it and mold it, so we can glorify Him through our lives.