Do You Have Jesus in Your Heart?

Do You Have Jesus in Your Heart? That is the question of the day and of life. Let’s turn to the Word of God to answer that question. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In Jeremiah 17:9, heart is not merely how we feel, but it also represents the basis of all of our character, including the mind and the will (4:19; Prov. 4:23; 16:23). In our natural state, the answer to that question is no. We do not have Jesus in our hearts. We have deceit or sin in our hearts. Listen to what Jesus said about our hearts in Mark 7:21, “21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.”

Since our hearts are so sullied with sin, how can Jesus ever enter into our hearts. We have to be redeemed by Jesus. We are redeemed by surrendering our mind, will and emotions to Christ. We learn how in John 1:12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” Listen to what Paul says in Galatians 4

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

Do You Have Jesus in Your Heart? The answer to that question is found in the verses above. More specifically, verse six identifies those who have Jesus in their hearts. Those who are sons. How does one become a son? That answer too is above. We become a son or child of God by faith in Jesus Christ. John 1:12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

When we do, Romans 5:5 says, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Matthew Henry wrote “The love of God, that is, the sense of God’s love to us, drawing out love in us to him again. Or, The great effects of his love: (1.) Special grace; and, (2.) The pleasant gust or sense of it. It is shed abroad, as sweet ointment, perfuming the soul, as rain watering it and making it fruitful. The ground of all our comfort and holiness, and perseverance in both, is laid in the shedding abroad of the love of God in our hearts; it is this which constrains us, 2 Cor. 5:14. Thus are we drawn and held by the bonds of love. Sense of God’s love to us will make us not ashamed, either of our hope in him or our sufferings for him.”

If you find a person who asserts to be a child of God but does not look like it, it may be that Jesus has never redeemed that person’s heart. You may ask that person about the verses above or other verses that you know. Despite that, encourage the person to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior to answer the question of Do You Have Jesus in Your Heart?


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