Monday, 01 October 2012 16:11
As William Blake said, “And we are put on earth a little space to learn to bear the beams of love.” Or, in Paul’s words, “Be imitators of God... and live a life of love.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Above all else, the Christian life is a love affair of the heart. It cannot be lived primarily as a set of principles or ethics. It cannot be managed with steps and programs. It cannot be lived exclusively as a moral code leading to righteousness.
In response to a religious expert who asked him what he must do to obtain real life, Jesus asked a question in return: “What is written in the law?... How do you read it?”
The man answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbors as yourself.” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:26-28)
Jesus called this the greatest of all commandments - and notice that the heart comes first. In the end, it doesn’t matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished - a life without heart is not worth living. For out of this wellspring of our soul flow all true caring and all meaningful work, all real worship and all sacrifice.
The heart is central. That I would even need to remind you of this only shows how far we have falllen from the life we were meant to live - or how powerful the spell has been.
The subject of the heart is addressed in the Bible more than any other topic - more than “works” or “serve,” more than “believe” or “obey” more than money and even more than worship. But of course, all other things are matters of the heart.
Indeed God knows something we have forgotten. Consider but a few passages: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:34) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not in your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5).
It is in our heart that we first hear the voice of God and it is in our heart that we come to know him and learn to live in his love. He enables us to love. He gives us the greatest treasure in all creation: a heart.
To lose heart is to lose everything. And a “loss of heart” best describes most men and women in our day. It is not just the addictions and affairs and depression and heartaches. The fact that most of us are living mostly to survive, there are enough of these to cause even the best of us lose heart.
Just as we have lost the wonder at the world around us, we have forgotten what a treasure the human heart is. All of the happiness we have ever known and all of the happiness we hope to find is unreachable without a heart. You could not live or love or laugh or cry had God not given you a heart.
All lives are filled with happiness when hearts are filled with love.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY.
By: Bro Paeng Santos
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