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Looking at the Heart

This series looks at some of the instructions and promises concerning our hearts that are found in the Bible.

Looking at the Heart On the road to Emmaus

Luke 24 :13-35

Take time to read through the passage on the road to Emmaus slowly a couple of times and then to imagine your way through it, in whichever way seems best for you today. You may like to be Cleopas or the other disciple, or you may prefer to watch the story unfold as if you were watching it as a film.

Now ponder on the following two verses from this passage:

He said to them, “How foolish you are and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:25-27 NIV)

They asked each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NIV)

While the two disciples were unaware that their companion on the road was none other than Jesus, he commented on how ‘slow of heart’ they were and yet after they recognised him as he broke bread with them, before disappearing from their sight, they acknowledged that their hearts had ‘burned within us’ while he spoke to them on the road to Emmaus. Can you resonate with their experience? How have you found the word of God stirring your heart as you have travelled on, on your journey of faith?

Since Jesus was with God from the beginning, (John 1:1 NIV) he was well placed to explain everything to the two disciples. Peter in his first letter (1 Peter 3; 15 NIV) writes, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have’. Are you ready to speak up and explain the hope you have?

You may like to spend some time now talking to Jesus about this. Tell him how you feel about speaking to people about your faith. Ask him to explain anything you are uncertain about. Listen to what he says to you.

Now thank God for those that spoke to you about their faith, and those who were instrumental in bringing you to faith. Finally pray about who you can share your faith with in the coming months.

Written by Dorinda Miller; © D Miller 2016. For full credits please see the site credits page

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