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Fill My Heart

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Reading: Mark 10: 2-12

Verse 5: “It was because your hearts were hard…”.

The Pharisees come to test Jesus with a question. Instead of just answering, He asks them what they think – “What did Moses command you”? He asks to begin a conversation. An answer would close the topic and perhaps the conversation. Jesus does not talk much about the legality of divorce but instead about the underlying issue that leads to the question. Jesus does affirm God’s commands from Genesis and adds, “Therefore what God has joined together let man not separate”. For Jesus, marriage should be a lifelong covenant relationship.

To the Pharisees answer Jesus initially says, “It was because your hearts were hard…”. In essence, Jesus was acknowledging that at times things happen because our hearts are hard. In this particular case Jesus is speaking to divorce but this thought applies to much more. If we were to use “because your heart was hard…” as a sentence starter, we could add many, many things.

So, what is the opposite of a hard heart? The obvious choice would be a soft heart. Instead of having a hard heart filled with anger, pride, jealousy… what would life be like if we had a heart filled with love and generosity and compassion? Instead of having a heart filled with the things of this world, what would it look like to have a heart filled with the things of God? It would look good. May it be so for you and for me.

Loving God, fill me with your love for the other. Giving God, fill me with your generous spirit. Compassionate God, give me eyes to see the needs and a heart to meet them. Fill my heart with you, O God. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Fill My Heart

  1. BUT GOD, KNEW THE HARDNESS OF MANS HEART, AND SHE SAID IN THE BIBLE MAN IS TO GIVE HIS WIFE A DIVORCE PAPERS. BEFORE PUTTING HE AWAY.I WAS MARRIED 30 YEARS SAME MAN, IF GOD DOES NOT HOLD DIVORCE AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE DO.. THE BIBLE , TELLS GOD MADE A WAY FOR IT… I BEEN DIVORCE MORE THEN MORE than 25 years and HAPPY, I WISH THE CHURCH TEACH THE FULL TRUTH. AND NOT PUSH WOMEN TO STAY IN BAD MARRIAGES.,,,.

  2. Totally agree Paulette. Jesus sets forth God’s ideal concept for marriage. The reality is that we live in a broken world and, therefore, divorce is the necessary solution is some situations. In those instances there should be no guilt, no blame, no shame… I am happy that God has blessed your life. God nor people nor the church should hold it against you.

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