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Good For the Heart

April 4, 2016

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Good  For the Heart

People like  to think  they have a good plan  for getting  to heaven.     Some will point  to their attendance  at worship services  of various sorts  according to the belief system  they have chosen.     Others will assure their hearts  by recalling all their good works  —  after all,  others have mentioned  that they are very kindly  in their ways.     And still others  will recount  how they work  so hard  to keep all  of the laws  of God  —  while they judgmentally point their finger  at those  who have obviously not kept all  of God’s laws.

But,  none of this  is “good  for the heart”.

In all  of this,  their hearts  are not  at rest.     They must keep up  their determination  to do everything  within their power  to get  to heaven  because they surely don’t want  to flub up  at the last moment.     They are anxiously suspicious  about whether  or not  God will let them through those “pearly gates”.     In all  of their tenseness,  they realize they have sinned,  but hope  against hope  that God has not noticed.     Dream on…

God has noticed.     God has noticed  that none  of these people  are seeking Him.     None  of them  are accepting His love  in Jesus Christ  —  even though  there is plenty  of good reason  to trust  in the merits  of Jesus.     In other words,  after all  that God has done  to cleanse us  of our sins  and make us holy  in His sight,  people still have the audacity  to reject all  of God’s marvelous works  on our behalf.     People  don’t want  to be freely forgiven.     Their pride  keeps them  from humbling themselves  before God Almighty  —  confess their sins  —  ask for forgiveness  —  and trust  in the blood  of Jesus Christ  to cleanse them.

And so,  they keep on struggling,  struggling,  struggling  —  all the while  being a bit bitter  about having  to hide their sins.     They remain tensely fearful  of Judgment Day  and want  to justify themselves  by saying others  have committed worse sins.     With all their struggles,  they might like  to just sit down  and bawl.     They have no rest.

That is why  the writer  of Hebrews says  in Hebrews 13:9,

It is good  for the heart  to be strengthened  by grace.

Grace  is letting  the unmerited love  of God  flood our hearts  and souls.     It is letting God  be God  in all His love  and admitting  we are sinners  deserving of hell.     Grace  is a gift  from God  whereby we are enabled  to turn away  from our ding-dong pride  and admit  that God  is telling the truth  when He says  we are saved  by grace  through faith  in Christ alone.

When we admit  to the truth  of God’s love  and salvation,  then we can finally rest  in God’s grace.     Then,  with thankful hearts,  we will want  to live  in fellowship  with the LORD  and appreciate His love,  by freely living  according to His love.     As we honestly repent  of our sins,  God’s grace  will strengthen us  to learn  to live  day by day  by faith  in Jesus.

With the absolute joy  and pleasure  of realizing God  has loved us  so dearly,  our hearts  will be relieved  of their burdens  of sin  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You truly  have done all things  for me  in Jesus Christ.     Keep me close  to Your heart  so that I may grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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