Changed Heart

Loving the Unlovable

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Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

There are people who don’t think like we do. There are people who “get on our nerves” so to speak. There are drivers who make road rage a little easier than others. Loving them is a little on the tough side.

Recently, I have been learning and relearning that even if others are unloving in word or in action, my response is my choice. Acting like Jesus by loving others even when they misread us can be a supernatural act for sure. But remember this, Jesus showed us how to do that while on the cross when He asked, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

It takes God’s strength as the Holy Spirit leads us to love as Jesus commanded. It is amazing to me that He willingly overwhelms us with His love which can then flow out of us to others.

It may seem strange at first to say a kind work or do something kind for someone we don’t like, but supernatural love comes with supernatural strength when we ask God to help us obey His command to love.

So today, I hope you will pray for me and I will pray for you as we look for an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan to someone. Who knows what God is up to in our lives today? He might even change us.

And there you go.

Loving God Freely

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Luke 10:27 says, “He 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 neighbor as yourself.’”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” These are the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her famous poem.

Would we be able to give an answer to this question about our love for God? Do we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind?

If our heart is not given over to God, we cannot love Him the way He deserves. When our soul is not at rest, we will not be able to love God either. Our strength is weakness without God’s power to love as He requires. And our mind without renewal will betray our love for God if it is not bathed in Scripture.

We are undone then, save the fact that God can and must take over our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.

As the old hymn, “I Surrender All“ says,

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

Are you freely giving Him your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

For it is only then we will be able to love God as He deserves.

Surrender today as we obey the Lord’s command to love Him as He asks - heart, soul, strength, and mind!

And there you go!

Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

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Ezekiel 36:26 says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Seriously!

That sounds like transplant surgery to me! But it’s a surgery of such promise. In her book, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer puts it this way…

Do you see the promise? I will give you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart that’s alive and tender again, one that’s beating and responsive again. Engaged again. Able to believe again!

How about you — is that the heart you want? Are you tired of sad? Are you sick of the numbness that comes from apathy? Do you want the heart of flesh that beats Christ’s life through your very being?

Let’s ask Him to make the exchange, brothers & sisters. Our hearts of stone for hearts of flesh! What will it look like when His spirit is poured out in us, on us, and through us?

This much I know — There will be joy, unspeakable, and full of glory. His light will shine; His good news will be shared; His kingdom will increase. Oh, the half of it has yet to be told of what God will accomplish with hearts that are His. And there you go!

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