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The heart of the matter is… … Jesus!

Follow you heart, and listen when it speaks to you’ (Susanna Tamaro)

There are no rules. Just follow your heart’ (Robin Williams).

Is that true that we should just follow our heart, should we live just for our benefit and for no-one else, or is that wrong? Are there really no rules in this life that we need to think about or follow?

Follow your heart; let it lead you to where it knows you want to go, and will never lead you astray’ (Anon).

Should we really follow our heart’s desire, and would we really make no mistakes?

Jesus taught us;

apart from me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5 NIV).

If you have, or do, are you happy with the choices that you have made, do they make you feel happy, fulfilled, joyous and content? Do you feel that you are complete, that you have achieved everything that you can; that there is nothing else that you feel is ‘out there’ for you?

There is always something else for our lives; God has told us that;

For I know the plans I have for you’ (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV – emphasis mine).

I do believe that we can follow our heart and be completely content, happy with our choices, and have a joyous fulfilled life.

The way we do that, is by looking to God and following Jesus. We need Jesus in our life to be truly fruitful;

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit’ (John 15:5 ESV).

In other words, we really and truly need Jesus in our lives.

We live in a broken world since the fall of man. Sin has entered into the world, and it is broken, we can’t fix it by ourselves, no matter how hard we try.

I heard a Pastor explain what has happened to the world since God created it, and it says;

 

God made it, we broke it, Jesus is coming to fix it’.

 

We live in a broken world, but rejoice, because Jesus is coming to fix it, that is why God sent him. He sent him because he wants all of us to be saved; why would he do that you may ask, but the answer to that question is simple, he did it, because he loves us so much;

For God so loved the world’ (John 3:16 NIV – emphasis mine).

In the various translations the words generally have a slightly different meaning. Strong’s dictionary numbers the words in the Bible, and this words number is G0025, and the Greek word used here, is agapáō (γαπάω) which is the highest of the four types of love in the Bible (https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-love-in-the-bible-700177 accessed 09/02/19), and it means;

to love (in a social or moral sense) – of persons; to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly’ (https://www.messie2vie.fr/bible/strongs/strong-greek-G0025-agapao.htmlaccessed 09/02/19).

And that great love is expressed in the continuing words of that verse;

that whoever believes in him shall not perish’ (John 3:16 NIV).

The ‘whoever’ mentioned there in that verse is you; your family, your neighbour, your friend, your co-worker etc. even me!

But the one thing that we need to remember is that we need Jesus;

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6 NIV).

We all have a God shaped hole inside, deep down. Many people do not recognise this, and try to fill their lives with world pursuits, but remember what Paul to the Roman Christians;

Do not be conformed to this world’ (Romans 12:2 ESV).

Be part of the world, but do not be of the world. Sets your sights on God, and all he is doing for you. He sent Jesus for you, he will teach you;

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go’ (Psalm 32:8 NIV).

Jesus lived in this world, but he lived as his Father wanted him to. We are part of this world, but we need to live as God wants us to, by following Jesus.

Don’t live a life that is worldly, live it Godly, and focus on Jesus, and live as he did!

To be like Jesus! This hope possesses me, in every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed; to be like Jesus! This hope possesses me, His spirit helping me, like him I’ll be’ (John Gowans [1934-2012]).

Focus on the Lord

 

For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son
That whoever would believe in Him
Would not perish but be saved, oh how surprising is His grace,
The invitation is for everyone

For everyone, for everyone

This is the good news, it’s a hope that is true
We sing ’cause we’ve found peace on earth

Jesus did not come to condemn but that we might live again
His Holy mission was to rescue us
For long before we cried for help He took our sins upon Himself
He took our shame and gave us righteousness

His righteousness, his righteousness

This is the good news, it’s a hope that is true
We sing ’cause we’ve found peace on earth
And death cannot shake us, our sins have been taken
Alive, we’re alive and we’ll sing Your worth

Take these words and make them louder….

Good news (Our God is Near #9)

Brenton Brown

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Father we thank you for the love you showed to each and every one of us, when you sent your Son to die for our sins. Help us each and every day to live our lives, focusing on the way that he lived, and trying to imitate it in our lives. May people see that we are different and ask to know why, and may we have the courage to speak of your Son and all he did for us, and can do for them.

Amen

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