A heart represents love. “God’s love for us and our response of love for him in return is the beginning and the end of the Christian life.” (Personal Prayer by Acklin & Hicks) To love a person is to become vulnerable. The Heart we celebrate today chose to become so vulnerable to the extent of being rejected by us. The Lord Jesus could love us so, because he was loved by the Father. He said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love.” (John 15:9) The same “power of love” is available to us when we choose to “remain” in the love of Jesus, and be
totally consumed by his love. Then we can see others as he sees them. We will be empowered to love the unlovable, to not demand them to love us in return, because we are loved by the lover of our souls. He desires to fill us with his love and change us more and more into his nature, so that we too would love the weakest, the wayward and the lost, and bring them back to the Good Shepherd.
Prayer: Abba Father, through Jesus, you have taught me the true meaning of love. Amen.