Christ in Your Heart: Ephesians 3:17

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Ephesians 3:17  (NLT)

When we trust in Christ, He will make a home in our hearts. With our open hearts, we can view others with God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance. With Christ in our hearts, love abounds. Allowing us to be rooted, firmly established, like a tree in the soil, our roots ground us in God’s wonderful love, keeping us strong.

Do you trust in the Lord? Has Christ made a home in your heart?

Prayer: Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to You. Help us to grow in faith, to trust in Christ, and let Him dwell in our hearts. Let us be firmly rooted in Your Word and Your love. Fill us, with Your kindness, compassion, and strength, to move forward in Your love. Like the caladiums stems and roots keep the heart shape leaves upright, let our hearts be open, and the roots in God’s love carry us on an upright Christ-like path. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen

Sincere Love: Romans:12:9-10

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Romans 12:9-10 The Message (MSG)

In this verse, the apostle Paul speaks of sincere love, a true love coming from the center of the heart. A love for others that includes compassion, actions of kindness, and charity. Not a self-serving love, but a humble, playing second fiddle love, a love which embraces everyone, especially those in need. We are reminded to run for dear life from evil including, unkindness, malice, and prejudice, and to hold on tightly to all that is pleasing to God.

What is holding you back from a sincere, open-hearted love toward others?

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank You for Your forgiveness of our sins and Your open-hearted love for us. Teach us to love You with our full hearts and to have sincere love for others. As the individual flowers of the rhododendron radiate from the center cluster, let us radiate love to those around us. Help us to embrace compassion and carry out acts of kindness. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen