Heart Matters

In News by Grace Avenue

February 4-11

Matters of the heart hold profound significance in our faith journey, intertwining the condition of our hearts with the expression of our beliefs. In Luke 6:43-45, Jesus draws a parallel between the condition of our hearts and the fruit produced by trees. Just as a good tree bears good fruit, a heart filled with love, kindness, and faithfulness yields acts of compassion and goodness. Our hearts serve as the core of our being, influencing our thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Similarly, in Luke 8:22-25, Jesus calms a raging storm, showcasing the power of a steadfast and trusting heart. As we nurture and guard our hearts, aligning them with God’s love, our faith strengthens, enabling us to face life’s trials with unwavering trust. Moreover, the metaphor of heart rate reminds us to be aware of the rhythm of our hearts, not merely in a physical sense but also in terms of our emotional and spiritual well-being. It underscores the importance of living our lives with caring hearts, extending love and compassion to those around us, and reflecting the transformative power of God’s grace within us.


February 4

Heart Condition
Luke 6:43-45


February 11

Heart Rate
Luke 8:22-25


RESOURCES 

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey
by: Florence Williams

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by: Austin Channing Brown

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
by: Brené Brown

Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology
by: Wonhee Anne Joh

All About Love: New Visions
by: Bell Hooks

Meditations of the Heart
by: Howard Thurman