Just ask Jesus to come into your heart

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The Bible term for the center of our inmost being is “heart.” The heart of man can be a very lonely place.

It wasn’t meant to be that way. The Bible tells of the Lord communing with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They enjoyed the cool of the evenings together.

But when Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord, they began to hide themselves from him. Loneliness set in.

As a result of selfishness and disobedience they forfeited the joy and celebration of being with the Lord who loved them. The relationship was broken.

Loneliness, depression, fear, and guilt are the result of that broken relationship. These are the symptoms of a life that is separated from the Lord.

It is not how the Lord designed things. His plan was to fill our hearts with His joy and love.

When that happened, God did not throw away His plan. Instead, His love for us is so great that He sent His own Son to restore that broken relationship once more.

When Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died on the cross, the Bible teaches that He died in payment for our sins. Our Creator was providing us a way back to Him.

God’s loving justice that should have fallen on us fell on His own Son. The Bible says, “God made Him, who knew no sin, to be made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

A wonderful transfer took place on the cross. In God’s sight, our sins were placed on His Son and His righteousness was offered to those who turn from their sins and place their faith in Him.

Three days later Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. He promised He would come into the hearts and lives of those who accept Him as Savior and Lord. The heart that was lonely has become His home.

He said, “If a man loves me, he will keep My word, and my father will love him, and we will come in and make our abode with him.”

When the Lord comes into our life, we no longer feel the loneliness and emptiness that resulted from our sins. We are new creations.

As His home, we desire that every compartment and room in our heart to honor and please Him.

He is our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, and our guide. One day He will take us home to Heaven.

He knocks on the door of our hearts and awaits each of us to say “yes, Lord Jesus, come in.

“Make my heart your home. Thank-you for forgiving me. Help me to turn from my sins. Show me how to live for you as my Lord and Savior. I am yours.”

Going to a church where the Bible is taught and lived will help us learn how to grow in Christ and be pleasing to the Lord.

The Rev. Greg Brownell is pastor of Dayton United Brethren Church in Dayton. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at catherinehicks@wwub.com.

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