I was sorting through my pantry last night & then through my freezer & fridge. It was embarrassing to see how much waste existed in the bottom of packages or in unsealed bags. Stuff that none of my family members will eat, because it’s not fresh enough. It’s stale.
Later in bed, I was thinking about how easy it is for me to let my heart grow stale, in my devotion to God, my relationships and to mankind in general. Compassion is still there, empathy is still there…but the tender-heartedness is another story. I think it’s because entitlement, ego & expectations go left unchecked and then settle in and make themselves comfy in my heart.
The only way I know to change that is to ask God to change that. He, through the working of the Holy Spirit and the cleansing of His Word, can renew and tenderize my heart for Him and for others.
How about you? Has your devotion to the Lord or to others grown stale? Do you long to abide in Christ more fully? Let’s not waste a single ounce of the gracious love we’ve been given. Pray, alongside me, that He would renew our hearts to love in Spirit and in Truth, fully & genuinely, by His grace and for His glory.
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
1 John 4:19
We love each other because He loved us first.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
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