Advent Devotional: The Whole Heart

December 17, 2013

Scripture: Hebrews 13:1, 2 NIV

Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews13:1, 2 NIV).

“Mommy, Daddy, I love you with my whole heart,” say the little children with a de rigueur that is genuine. (Is genuine de rigueur an oxymoron?) Their heart is the expression of their love. This comes from God the Father. God is love and the heart is the symbol of love.

Jesus Christ came into this world to show us the deep, high and wide love of God, so that everyone will know. The Father knew the love of Jesus would be the visage of His own eternal love. As He looked upon the heart of His only Son, He knew that His heart would be big enough to contain the whole world. Everyone. Saints and sinners. Every man, woman and child.

Just as there is no limit to His love, there can be no limit to ours. We are to have a yearning of our hearts to love the way Jesus wants us to love, a desire for His compassionate love.  We should know in practice what Jesus means when He says,

“Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).

We need the Holy Spirit, for the great work of the Holy Spirit is in the depths of the human heart. With a certain je ne sais quoi [I do not know how], He melts the heart, transforms it and pours into it the love of Jesus.

Author: Brian Faul is husband to Cheryl, father to Janie and Marlee. He loves “all things cookery, and an occasional belles lettres,” literature as a fine art. The Faul family has attended WFMC for more than 10 years.