It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace. Heb. 13:9
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Pet. 3:18
Dear Lord Jesus, as you know, I’ve lost friends and family members to heart disease—of the congenital and life-choice varieties. I’ve also had other friends suffer heart attacks—both young and old alike. So the theme of heart-care is personal to me, and the issue of stewarding my health is of great importance to me.
However, what will it profit me if I only eat organic foods from Whole Foods, drink a kale smoothie every day, am able to run an eight-minute mile at age sixty-five, have a cholesterol level of 125 and a resting heart rate of 59, and yet have a heart that is weak in grace? Paul “nailed it” when he said physical training definitely has some value, but godliness has value for all things, for both this life and the life to come (1 Tim. 4:8).
So Jesus, lead me to the gym and training table, sauna and spa, regimen and workout that will cause my heart to grow stronger and stronger and stronger in your grace. For surely, the more my heart is strengthened by your grace, the more it will beat for your honor and love to your glory; the less room there will be for idols, and the more time for your kingdom.
As my heart is strengthened by your grace, I’ll repent quicker, forgive deeper, and love louder. I’ll be more generous and less stressed, more forbearing and less in a hurry. I’ll throw more gospel parties and fewer pity parties. I’ll not think less of me; I’ll just think about me less of the time. Indeed, it is good—it is it very good for our hearts to be strengthened by your grace. So very Amen I pray, in your merciful and magnificent name.