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  • Writer's pictureStan Stringer

(Part 2)I Have You In My Heart By: Stan Stringer

Updated: Sep 12, 2018

Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. Philippians 1:7


When we look at the varying emotions we experience in the course of a day, we realize they often come up suddenly, as a rush, a wave of energy. We flush with anger, tremble with fear or cry out in grief or pain. We melt with love and tenderness. At times we dissolve into our emotions. At other times, we succeed in staying in the pilot's seat of our emotional being.

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The heart is viewed for being more than just an organ to pump blood. It is the seat of our emotions. Others can make our heart glad, peaceful, anxious—or broken. We put ourselves at risk when we expose our hearts to other people.

It is safe to keep our hearts reserved, and closed off to others. It is less hurtful if we learn to slowly build a callous around our hearts, and lose our feelings for others that would cause us pain. But, that is less than being human. God is the One Who built into us the capacity of all our emotions, and He is also the One Who said, ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We can confidently cast all our care upon Him knowing that He cares for us. He is not a High Priest that cannot be touched by the things that touch our hearts.

Faith Baptist Church will be more of a Christ-honoring church as we open our hearts to each other, get to know one another more personally, and expose our hearts—knowing they may at times be broken. Just keeping our relationships with one another on a shallow, surface-type level will be safe. But, learning to love one another unconditionally as our Heavenly Father does—though it is dangerous—will be more rewarding than not.

Set your goal to get to know and to be known by those with whom you worship regularly. It does not happen accidentally. You will find that those around you have hurts that you can help to heal, and joys that will bring a blessing to you in return.

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