Day 39: Enlarged Heart (April 8th)
Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:11–13
In the medical world having an enlarged heart can produce many problems. For one, the oversized muscle can overwork itself putting too much pressure on the arteries. An irregular heartbeat can reveal that not enough oxygen is getting to the blood cells. In most cases, because of the dangers, a transplant is likely needed.
An enlarged heart in the spiritual realm has a very different application. This condition is defined by possessing an open heart of love that seeks to do good for others. Unlike the physical condition, no one is born with a spiritually enlarged heart. It is an attribute only given by the Holy Spirit.
Similar to the physical abnormality, a spiritual enlarged heart can also cause negative effects. It should be known that the greatest risk of loving others is not being shown the same love in return. A Christian with a spiritually enlarged heart will soon discover that their love will be abused, misinterpreted, or unappreciated. If the person does not guard their heart, it soon can grow cold.
There is only one way that our hearts can remain enlarged. This is by continually being filled with the spirit. If we allow God to pour out His love upon us we will have no greater desire than to love God and others. The love of Jesus will so overflow our lives that we will be able to love regardless of what other people do. And then like Jesus, we will be able to say: Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you showing us what true love means by sending your son. I desperately need your Holy Spirit in my life so that I can show love to those around me. Help me to forgive those who have wronged me and provide me with the opportunities to share your love to them. Amen.