Laura gives her heart to Jesus

For some time now, Laura has been thinking about a particular illustration from her children’s Bible. It shows Jesus standing at a door, knocking. Mom had read aloud the words of Jesus: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20). Mom had also told Laura that Jesus waits patiently because the door can only be opened from the inside. Laura then said that she wouldn’t keep Jesus waiting long if He was ever at her door.

Today, the Sunday School teacher had told the children that Jesus wanted to live in their hearts. The door in the picture represents the door to their hearts. Often, much evil, such as disobedience, fighting, envy, and other wrong things, live in the heart, and these lead to evil actions. Jesus died for all these wrongs, and He wants to make everyone who believes in Him a happy child of God. The children should pray to God for forgiveness and invite Jesus into their hearts. When He lives in their hearts, He gives them the strength to decide against evil and for good every day.

Yes, Laura knew that she sometimes found it very difficult to obey her parents. She had often argued with her brother Nicholas. And she had done some things for which she needed forgiveness. That is why she now prayed to Jesus that He would forgive her all her wrongs and cleanse her heart. She invited Jesus to live in her heart. And then she noticed how happy she became. She remembered the story in which Jesus said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16).

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