Daily Devotion: Thursday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 2
Wisdom of the Day: Proverbs 17:15-28
Scripture Reading: Luke 11:33-36
We learn the value of a single and undivided heart in religion. This is a lesson which our Lord illustrates from the office of the eye in the human body. He reminds us that when the eye is "healthy", the action of the whole body is influenced by it. But when the eye is diseased, it affects the physical comfort and activity of the whole man. In an eastern country, where eye diseases are painfully common, the illustration is one which would be particularly striking.
But when can it be truly said that a man's heart is healthy in religion? What are the marks of a healthy heart? The question is one of deep importance. The healthy heart is a heart which is not only changed, converted, and renewed, but thoroughly, powerfully, and habitually under the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is a heart which abhors all compromises, all lukewarmness, and all halting between flesh and the Spirit. It sees one mighty object: the love of Christ dying for sinners. It has one mighty aim: to glorify God and do His will. It has one mighty desire: to please God and be commended by Him.
The BLESSINGS of a healthy heart are almost incalculable. He who has a healthy heart is like a lighthouse in the midst of a dark world. He reflects light on hundreds whom he knows nothing of. "His whole body is full of light." His Master is seen through every window of his conversation and conduct. His grace shines forth in every department of his behavior. His family, his servants, his relations, his neighbors, his friends, his enemies all see the bent of his character. If we are Christians, then let us be decided. Inward peace and outward usefulness are at stake in this matter.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, do I have a healthy heart?
Action Plan: Record at least 3 Bible verses that describe a healthy heart.
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.