Morning by Morning, March 4 - Wide Open Hearts
Good morning, Lord Jesus. King of kings and Lord of lords, be King and Lord of all that I am and all that I do this day and every day. ...
"Our heart is wide open to you... open wide your hearts also" (2 Corinthians 6:11-13).
Help us trust one another. Help us open wide our hearts to one another in the Body of Christ. We need right boundaries, the right measure of trust in every relationship, but help us learn to let You set those boundaries and let You set in place who to trust and how much to trust. Our judgments harden our hearts. Our self-righteousness clouds our perspective. Our self-preservation isolates us. Then our fears become self-fulfilling prophecies (Job 3:25).
Free us from the self-centered pride that says, "I will decide what's right for me" and awaken us to the self-surrendering humility that says, "You alone know what's right for us all." For "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).
Where our hearts have been hurt, help us trust You to heal them. Where we're afraid to love and be loved within the bonds of the Body of Christ, let Your perfect love cast out our fear (1 John 4:18). And where we've put up the walls that we think protect us but only serve to isolate us, help us let You be the One who guards our hearts. "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard (our) hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Tommy, I pray the Lord himself will guard your heart and empower you to trust Him to set the boundaries of trust in all the relationships of your life. And with God as our Guard, may we as the Body of Christ learn to open wide our hearts to one another without judgment or fear. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!