Today’s Scripture Reading: Hosea 9:1-14:9
My husband sometimes calls me a hard-hearted woman. He says I’m just too tough. Part of his comment is a joke and part of it is true.
Life has made me tough.
I don’t cry much. There are very few movies that will get a tear from this girl’s eyes.
I’m okay with being this way as long as I’m not a hard-hearted Christian…
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.‘ –Hosea 10:12
When you factor in my upbringing, my personality, my age, and the hard times of my life; toughness, hardness, and a judgmental attitude are the natural result.
But I want the supernatural.
I want my heart to be tender so that I can harvest a crop of love. To do this I must continually pull out the plow (the Word of God, the Logos) and run it through the depths of my heart. I want to have a heart like Jesus; a heart that breaks for the lost, poor, widowed, sick and hurting. A heart that breaks for those caught in the deepest and darkest sins.
Heavenly Father, give me a heart that hurts for the things that make you hurt and rejoices for the things that make you joyful. Keep my heart tender.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 28:1-29; 2 Kings17:5; 2 Kings 18:9-12; 2 Kings 17:6-41; Isaiah 1:1-20