When we take the leap of faith and step out with Jesus, we are putting our trust in Him to be the guiding force in our lives from now through all eternity. That step brings about a transformation in our hearts that solidifies our faith in Him. With a heart committed to Jesus, scripture teaches that our hearts become filled with love for God and our fellow man. Let’s look at Ephesians 3:16-19. “16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then 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. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Paul first reminds us of God’s total power and resources.(16) Then having Christ in our hearts will give us deep rooted love and strength. (17) That deep love will help us understand God’s love for us – the depth of it.(18) That love, so hard to understand, will make us complete for a life that is full and power driven.(19) Peter describes this transforming deep love in 1 Peter 1:22. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” Accepting Jesus and His cleansing power brings about obedience and sincere love for others. He says we are to love deeply from our hearts.
What about you? Do you feel sincere love for others because you know Jesus? Do you feel that the love God showed to you by sending Jesus makes you love Him even more? A truly transformed heart is a heart filled with faith in Jesus that manifests itself in our lives by love for God and others. If you feel you lack this kind of love, ask God for it. Love for others is a God thing and when we are lacking He tells us to ask Him. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Asking, seeking and knocking are to be a continual part of our lives if we desire to have transformed hearts for Him.
Blessings as you seek to love others like Jesus today.