“It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.” Heb. 13:9
Lord Jesus, talk about understatements. Saying it’s “good” for us to have grace-strengthened hearts is like saying it’s “good” to breath air every minute, drink water several times a day, and get some sleep every night. This time, “good” means essential.
The more our hearts are strengthened by your grace, the more they’ll beat for your glory and worship you with wonder. We won’t worry, vex, and blame as much, but will love, trust, and serve you more. We’ll be more curious than judgmental, and more likely to overlook “stuff,” than keep a record of wrongs.
We will repent quicker, forgive deeper, and laugh louder. Gospel-parties will show up on our schedules more often than pity-parties. We won’t take “slights” and “disses” as personally; but will take the Gospel way more seriously and joyfully, and deeper into our hearts.
Finding our place in your Story will supplant giving you bit-parts in ours. We’ll be more generous with our time, talents, and treasures; and hoard fewer resentments, grudges, and irritations. Giving people the benefits of grace will override our desire to give them a “piece of our mind.”
So, Jesus, lead us to the gym, training table, sauna, spa, and regimens that will cause our hearts to grow stronger and stronger in your grace. So very Amen we pray, in your awesome and caring name.