Friday, July 6, 2012

What is going on in your heart?

Is the love of God reigning in your heart?

It is what’s in a person’s heart that really counts.   God is concerned about what is in your heart not your outward appearance.  He is not concerned about the rituals you observe or participate in at church.

The Apostle Paul tells us that not all who have the Law are justified.  Spiritual circumcision is not an outward ritual, it is something that takes place within a person’s heart.

Spiritual circumcision is an inward work within the heart.

There are many who are trusting in the outward observance of the Law, where in realty what really matters is what’s in a person’s heart.

Most churches today are hindered by a growing coldness in their relationships with one another. They have become loveless.  Church has become a social event rather than a place to pursue the Living God.

The world is full of wounded people that Pastors and ‘Christians’ have manipulated, abused or neglected in a time of spiritual need.

A compassionate church is a healing environment, a place where acceptance is extended to those who are wounded and hurt.

A cold---loveless church dies twice!  First inwardly and then outwardly.  The Holy Spirit is absent in a legalistic, cold, judgmental church.   Sadly, people will continue to gather out of habit, out of duty—but when they die, the church dies with them.  Spiritual death and then physical death.

 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”            1 John 3:18 (New Living Translation)

How does God see your heart?

Is there anything hidden in there?      …..huummm….maybe a little:  unforgiveness, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, lust, addictions, greed, anger, selfishness, lies, pride, …anything else????

What could be hidden deep within your heart that you are trying not to acknowledge or have you just learned to live with it?

When’s the last time you asked God how He sees your heart?

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