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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Having Jesus' Heart

By Scott Harrup
Feb. 23, 2014

The lead time needed to print the Pentecostal Evangel each week meant our editorial team was working on this issue just days before Christmas.

Barring Easter, at what better time of year could a follower of Christ evaluate his or her own heart in relation to the heart of the Savior? I’m referring to Jodi Detrick’s book The Jesus-Hearted Woman, from which we’ve printed an excerpt as our cover feature.

When I contemplated another Christmas, I was awed yet again at Christ’s willingness to come to Earth for my sake and for the benefit of all lost humanity. The contrast between His heavenly home and the humble circumstances into which He was born could not have been greater. He lived among us and experienced the many challenges of life, while ministering to the broad spectrum of human need.

Using the analogy of an Old Testament priest who oversaw the various religious ceremonies the Israelites observed in obedience to God, the writer of Hebrews describes Jesus this way: “We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV).

Jesus completely identifies with every detail of my life, with the exception of my sins. And for them, He provided an eternal and perfect remedy — the sacrifice of His own life before He rose from the grave in complete triumph.

So, if I’m to live with Jesus’ heart, how does that find expression in my life? The hymn writer Frances Havergal, in one of my favorite musical poems, offers this prayer for every believer:

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

I believe every Jesus-hearted woman (and man and child) can offer a heartfelt amen.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor


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