Word of the Month

The Lord enters into our hearts

September 2000

In each divine service, the Lord Jesus enters into the hearts of God's faithful children. He comes as a helper, as the just one and as a victorious Saviour. The prophet Zechariah already described Jesus long before his birth: "Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation." (cf. Zechariah 9:9, KJV). Therefore we should open our hearts wide because when the Son of God enters into our hearts, he brings something along which will serve for our completion.

To begin with, through his word the Lord unleashes a power that enlivens our faith and makes it possible to act in accordance with God's will. However, the prerequisite is that the Lord must be able to enter into our hearts and be active there. Many circumstances permitted by God serve to prepare our souls for the entry of the Lord.

The Lord also enters into our hearts with his grace and thereby provides for our redemption. What can we do in order to undo just one sin? Nothing! It is therefore marvelous and full of deep significance that the Lord grants us grace time and again and offers us reconciliation. Let us not reject the goodness and compassion revealed in this act; let us instead prepare a joyful reception for the Lord!

When the Lord enters into our hearts, he also brings peace, because he is the Prince of Peace. How often is the peace of our soul not disturbed in our daily life. We were angry, had to suffer injustice or were subjected to the onslaughts of Satan; how quickly our peace then evaporates. Hence it is so beautiful to get this peace back, when the Lord again enters into our heart.

The Lord brings along something else: joy! Already in our daily lives, our souls rejoice when we can be happy over a nice song, a loving word or because the sun shines and the flowers bloom. There are thousands of things that can give rise to joy. Unfortunately, we often forget this due to sorrow, trouble and torment. In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said "I rejoice." However, it is important to be able to add: "I will continue to rejoice." (cf. Philippians 1:18, NIV). Is it not really up to us then, whether or not we experience joy, when the Lord comes unto us to renew our joy?

The Lord also approaches us as a bearer of blessing. Who would want to be without the blessing of God? How thankful we can be that the Lord blesses our daily bread, yes even blesses our time on Earth. But how much more meaningful is it not to receive a blessing for the preservation of our faith, to possess the strength to remain faithful and follow until the end. Let us open ourselves fully when the Lord wants to bless!

Therefore we do not want to slacken in pleading: "Lord Jesus, enter into our hearts!" He brings us so much; let us hold fast to his gifts of grace. When we possess these gifts, then we are rich in him!

With heartfelt greetings,<br/> Yours,

Richard Fehr