CHRIST SAYS: “SON, GIVE ME YOUR HEART!”
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;that you may be rooted and grounded in love, and that you may be ableto comprehend \with all the Saints, what is the breadth, and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christwhich beyond knowledge.
Christ chooses to dwell with love in any human heart, but only if He is welcomed by the impotant virtue of faith of each individual. You cannot bring Christ into your heart just by reading His words or keeping some of His sayings for Christ must be invited by genuine faith.Christ enters the heart when faith calls and with Christ love accompanies Him. Thus man is established and grounded in love.
First faith followed by love filling the soul with inexpressibly good things. Man is not fully man without faith in Christ so what shall we do if faith is weak? We must turn to Christ and realize that He is the Lord, the only good one and is totally worthy of the trust place in Him. This will increase our faith and by strengthening our faith we overcome more and more the estrangement between ourselves and Christ the Lord, for it is our firm belief and faith which draws us to Christ, who comes quickly to those who approach Him in faith
When the heart is filled with Christ it cannot be separated from Him, just as a lung cannot be separated from air. When the connection of faith is accomplished, tears begin to flow and in the soul of such a man the prayer ascends: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner.” The change taking place in the soul is magnificent and because the heart becomes filled with light while embraced in His divine love.
The words of Christ are powerful, especially when he says: “Son, give me your heart.” It is a demand and not a plea for the most important thing we can ever do is respond and give our hearts to Jesus Christ, who will reward us with everlasting life.
“That you may be rooted and grounded in love . . .” The love of Christ does not isolate itself by remaining with certain individuals, but is meant for each member of the human race. Christ excludes no one for His love includes all men and His invitation to come to Him in faith addresses all those who receive the love of Christ, seek to increase that love by spreading it among as many men as possible, for love always begets more love.
The love of Christ is described as being “beyond knowledge” for it is not possible to describe it adequately. No matter how much we attempt to describe His love it remains beyond all knowledge and is far beyond our ability. Scripture speak of its dimensions ,such as height and width but cannot describe it adequately.
The beginning of man’s journey begins with his birth, then later He develops faith in Christ and His Orthodox Church leading to perfection which his love for Christ. He continues his journey and soon he increases his love for Christ and is peaceful, and lives a life that is beautiful, as is filled with Christ and his love.
Our life on earth is short and passes by very quickly and so there is a very limited time for our faith to be to be changed from faith to the love of Christ. The love of Christ is great and is filled with joy and happiness and love is the only reason and purpose for our living this short and temporary present life. There is so much more and much to do to be established in firm and lasting faith in Jesus Christ, and we will soon be filled with His love. This will put us on the path to life everlasting life.