Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV) 18 The eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

I wonder are you going through difficult times, if you are. My word for you today is if it does nothing else for you and to you, it will open the eyes of your heart. Walking through troubled times is one way that God has of shifting your vision. When your heart breaks, there is an opening for God’s compassion to seep through and infuse your heart with His. You will begin to look at others through the eyes of your heart and not through the eyes of quick judgment, harsh conclusions, or self-interest.

Your journey to work, or to church, will cause to look at people and wonder what their story; what their childhood was like; what caused them to be so happy or unhappy, why they seem this way or that. Vision from the heart is very different, then from our head and that’s what the writer Paul was praying for the Ephesus church! People and their job titles will be less important, their type of car won’t impress you, what kind of clothes they wear, or whether they are wrinkled or stylish won’t matter anymore. You are more likely to understand that they are in some pain and trying to run from it or trying to hide. Or, you’ll see their smile and demeanor and wonder if they are really happy or masking some inner, silent suffering or anger.

Now remember, you won’t get answers to all that you wonder about people and their stories, but your heart will be softened towards people. You will find that you have a level of compassion that most people don’t have. If your heart is broken, let the Lord’s compassion seep in to your heart through the brokenness. Let Him open the eyes of your heart today and the days ahead.

Blessings and love,
Pastor James

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