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“...whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, 
                        and He knows everything.” - 1 John 3:20 

Listening to the Heart 

As we enter into this month of February 2020, the two biggest holidays that catch our attention on our calendars are Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Just how different could two nearby holidays be from one another?! Even so, I would like to humbly suggest that there is, in fact, an object that captures the essence of both: candy hearts. Each little piece is imprinted with a tiny note intended to start a lovely conversation. And, oh-by-the-way, it also tastes like ASH. When it comes to February’s sweets, it’s likely that most of us would prefer something else, please! But these candies do have at least one redeeming quality... they can serve as a reminder that our hearts also have a message. 

Certainly, we would be wise to remember as well Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 15:19 that “out of the heart come evil thoughts” and many other kinds of sin. With Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent approaching, we echo David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” 

God not only looks into the depths of our hearts to find our sin, He does something wonderful to change us. Our Heavenly Father has sent His Son to spill the blood of His own heart, graciously covering over each sinful thought, word, and deed that has spilled out of ours. This truth (and the event of our own baptism) is at the heart of scripture’s encouragement in Hebrews 10:22 “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Truly, those words had their beginning in the very heart of God Himself, who inspired them to be written down for us. May we treasure that Good News just like the Psalmist who wrote long ago: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) When it comes to Listening to the Heart, it makes all the difference in the world to listen to the right heart — and that, of course, is the heart of God, a heart full and overflowing with divine love (and messages of that love) for you. 

—Pastor Mark Harris 
“...let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” - Colossians 3:15 


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