Heart Medicine

13 Oct

God’s Word: I Thessalonians 3

God’s Message to Me: (My interpretation of what God is saying to me through these verses)

Good news is the best kind of medicine there is for the heart!  When you are anxious about someone you feel tightness in your chest.  But to get a good report gives you a breath of fresh air of relaxation.  Your whole body is at peace.  (The doctor says “cancer-free.”  The judge says “not guilty.”  The bill says “paid in full.” Your friend says “I forgive you.”)

Life is all about relationships.  Even your relationship with Me is tied up in your relationships with all others.  As you give love to others—you are giving love to Me.  When you withhold love from others—you are withholding love from Me.  I am right there with you in the midst of all things relational.

What does that mean to you?  I freely give you My love with the intent that it will fill your life and splash over everyone around you—the best kind of heart medicine.  I forgive you and expect that you will forgive others—all others.  To refuse to forgive others is a refusal to accept My forgiveness.  Forgiveness is GOOD NEWS to both hearts–the forgiver and the one forgiven.

God’s Question for Me: Are there any apologies you need to give to help someone forgive you?

God’s Promise to Me: I am with you and will help you forgive and ask for forgiveness.

My Prayer to God:

Adoration:  Your love is so pure and good and not tainted by selfishness.  You give Yourself on our behalf and ask us to simply pass it on.  What an amazing God you are and what an amazing plan you have for relationships.

Confession:  We can’t seem to love unselfishly.  It seems that Mother Theresa might be the only human who ever got it right.  We can’t seem to set aside the “what’s in it for me” aspect.  I’m sorry for my refusal to set self aside and genuinely care about others and share Your love.

Thanksgiving: To know that You are always there, ready and eager to help us in loving and caring for others is comforting.  And that you continue to forgive our failures.  Oh my, You have a big job.

Supplication:  Help me to honestly and genuinely love others and let Your love splash out from my life and drench others with your pure and unselfish love.  May the amazing grace You offer me pour forth from my life to others—all others.

My Song to God:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

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