• Today's Daily Devotion
The Condition of Your Heart
THE FORTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD man, awakened from sleep by a severe pain in his chest and sweating profusely, dialed 9-1-1.

Dwayne Clemmons, Adjunct Instructor – Virginia Department of Fire Programs; Founder – DMC Ministries; Author of Exploits, Jesus Rides in an Ambulance, and Utterances from the Throne Room; Volunteer in Fire and EMS for forty years in Virginia

THE CONDITION
OF YOUR HEART

What’s the real point of Valentine’s Day?

THE FORTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD man, awakened from sleep by a severe pain in his chest and sweating profusely, dialed 9-1-1.

Medics arrived momentarily, took his vital signs, obtained a twelve-lead EKG, administered oxygen, and advised transport. While in transit an IV was administered, nitroglycerin was placed under his tongue, and two milligrams of morphine eased his pain. He was having a heart attack. He needed immediate surgery; three stents were installed to open the arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. The surgery was a complete success.

The events that precipitated this attack included bad habits regarding diet and exercise. He was informed that if he wanted to live a long life then these issues would have to be addressed. His reply was an emphatic “Yes!”

This is Valentine’s month and I’ve often wondered the real point of this holiday. It seems strange to truly recognize those close to you only one day a year. What about the rest of the year? Was the attention and emotion real or just another case of tradition?

“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)

On Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to express your love for your dear ones, and then go a step further. Evaluate the condition of your heart. Not from a physical or relationship standpoint, but from a spiritual one. Are you walking around like the gentleman above with symptoms that could lead to eternal death? Are you steeped in tradition oblivious to your need to get your spiritual health in order?

The Bible plainly states there is only one God, one faith, and one way to salvation. The only way to guarantee eternal life in heaven is by believing in God, acknowledging that Jesus came and died for your sins, and then asking Jesus to be the Lord of your life.

That’s the easy part. The challenge is living your life in a way that honors God. The Word says you’re not to be deceived, God will not be mocked, we will reap exactly what we sow.

God will do spiritual surgery on you if you consent. I guarantee the surgery will be a success and you’ll live for eternity. Then, celebrate his love and the love you have for others this Valentine’s Day—and every day.

Prayer:

Create in me a pure heart, Lord, and help me to share your love each and every day of my life.


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