Read Colossians 3:12-25
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; - Colossians 3:23
February is best known for Valentine’s Day, when hearts and love are in the air and the color red is a welcome change from the white of snow and the brown of trees without leaves!
As we consider hearts and love around Valentine’s Day, we can go to the Bible and see a plethora of passages that speak of the heart. One particular passage that solicits great attention from Christians is Colossians 3:12-25.
The more you read this passage of Scripture, the more you will see how vital it is to go straight to “the HEART of the matter.” This passage is all about the heart and love. While meditating on the passage, undoubtedly your mind is drawn to verse 23. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
God’s plan for you is to “throw your heart into it.” If you are an athlete, you know the importance of practice, work, and playing with your whole heart. If you are a musician, you know how vital it is to practice and play with a heart-felt passion. You can exercise this discipline in all areas of Christian living. What difference could it make if you and I would read the Bible with our “heart in it?”
God desires that our prayer life be heart-felt and passionate. When you knock on a door to invite people to receive Christ, “throw your heart into it” by surrender to the Holy Spirit and love for the souls of people. Valentines is all about hearts and love: Christian living is abundant when we live “heartily” for God!
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Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
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