Hearts are everywhere! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, cards, candy, and decorations are sporting a heart theme. So, how is your heart? What is your heart like? Did you know that the first heart transplant was performed on a 53-year-old man by Doctor Christiaan N. Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa? The man lived for 18 days. That was in 1967. Now there are roughly 3,500, worldwide heart transplants a year, with a survival rate of 15 years.

Hearts. An average heart beats about 100,000 times every 24 hours. The valves of the human heart are as thick as a single piece of tissue paper. Two hundred beats per minute is the maximum heartbeat possible for a human. The body has 70,000 miles of blood vessels. The heart pumps blood through this labyrinth and back again once every minute.

God’s Word has a lot to say about our hearts. God called David a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:5), he will give you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26), and a pure heart is talked about in Psalm 24, and Psalm 51. Two men walked with Jesus to Emmaus. When they realized they had walked with Jesus, they said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).

What kind of a heart do you have today? Is your heart burning as Jesus walks with you? Do you have a pure heart, a clean heart, a new heart? Do you love the Lord with all your heart? As you see a heart, whether it’s candy or a card, ask God to work in your
heart and to draw you closer to His.

In Christ,
Pastor Olinda

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