WHEN the author Beatrix Potter was in her thirties, she was single and satisfied.
Then she fell head over heels in love with her publisher. Her heart had been set on fire.
The Bible speaks of our heart as much more than an important bodily organ. It is seen as the source of all our emotions and decisions.
Jesus taught very clearly that we must be touched by God at the deep level of our hearts.
“What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within men’s hearts come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed ...”
Not so long ago, I listened to a man speaking who had been violent and incredibly evil. He told us that when he poured out his deep confession of all this to God, he was made clean and new inside.
This is how God describes what he does: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Vital as it is for society today to re-educate those released from our prisons, to help the disadvantaged and provide opportunities for development in all areas, there is something much deeper to be done, in all of our lives.
We all need to experience this change that God wants to give us.
We often hear our military leaders talking of winning the battle for hearts and minds. This is exactly how God feels, as he lovingly reaches out to us.