The Pastor's Pen Febrary 2014
The Need of an Enlarged Heart
When we usually think of an enlarged hear we think of a serious medical condition thatis life threatening, but things that are spiritual are many times so differentfrom that which is physical. The apostle Paul had an enlarged heart, but that wasn’t his physical ailment. It was that enlarged heart that caused him to care for the spiritual welfare of these who didn’t like him very much.
In the last part of II Corinthians 6, Paul pleads with those who are trying to find happiness with in the things and people of the world instead of love and joy and peace with God their Father. Even though they were living carnally Paul’sheart was enlarged toward them to bring them back into fellowship with God.Paul loved them even though they did not love him. He allowed God to give him aheart like Jesus had when on the cross He said, “Father forgive them for theyknow not what they do.”
Many times in trying to maintain or own fellowship with God we isolate ourselves from those we think aren’t on our “spiritual level” and become no better than someof the Pharisees in the Bible. It wasn’t the wise men that told everyone they came in contact with about Jesus; it was the shepherds. When Paul said his heart was enlarged toward them he was talking about his compassion. He warned people night and day with tears.
If we are going to please God by obeying His commandments then we need an enlarged heart like David had in Ps 119:32
I will run the wayof thy commandments, when thou shaltenlarge my heart.
We need our hearts enlarged toward people who are unsaved so that we obey God and witness to them. We need the Lord Jesus Christ to give us his compassion forother Christians who are out of fellowship with Him like He had when He wept over Jerusalem. We need God to burden our hearts for missions and missionaries so that we financially and prayerfully help them reach souls for God’s Glory.