"Be Mine". I hear it whispered often now. Not just when I see a candy heart but when I see any heart. If you missed the first post in this series, you can click at the end of the post and it read about what I learned from a little piece of valentines candy. But today we are going to look at that place we deem the heart...
The shape of a heart permeates the stores this time of year. But, we also post them on social media when we like something. We sign cards with them. We hang up photos of them, draw them, the list goes on. Society uses the heart symbol to replace the meaning of love. For some it conjures thoughts of a deep, abiding love. For others, perhaps some brokenness. No matter the end of the spectrum of the images it conjures, they all stem from something we feel in our innermost beings. Emotions. But what about the biblical heart?
The Biblical heart encompasses more than emotions. It is the place where our thoughts and our "will" reside as well.
This place we deem the heart?
It is the place joy comes from.
Where hurt is felt.
From here that both affection and regret live.
It is a place that kindness and humility grow.
A place where jealousy and bitterness fester.
But it is also a place where our emotions meet our mind. A place where our thoughts dwell. A place where our will chooses, stands up, and takes action. A place where we decide who will we follow? Ourselves? The world? Jesus?
Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
Most of us know that the physical heart pumps blood through the body to the vital organs; sustaining life. Our spiritual heart does the same. What we think about, what we dwell on, what we choose to partake it in, what we choose to act on, who we choose to lead us-affects every aspect of our spiritual walk. When Jesus is at the center of our heart, life is pumped out into the rest of our life. Present and eternal.
When our heart is aligned with Jesus, when our will allows Him to lead us, when the Spirit dwells in us and our minds are filled with pure and loving thoughts? Our actions reflect this. A different kind of light shines out. It affects our work, our family life, our relationships. It calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
When Jesus calls and requests, "Be Mine. Belong to me." It is not a request just of an overflowing emotion. It is a request to direct your thoughts to Him. It is a request to willing let Him lead you.
A request to love Him.
Accept His will.
And praise Him.
Where is your heart today? Have you given it to Him? Do you need to give it to Him again?
Will you be His?
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