We have all heard this phrase more than likely at some point in our life. Phrases similar to this and words such as "heart" get thrown around in our culture a lot. In the bible the word heart often refers to more than just our deepest, passionate self. It often means our soul, or our mind, will, and emotions. The bible also says that the "Father" is the model as the head of the home. Jesus not only is the model of love, but Himself is love. Here in lies an awesome and powerful thought for us as Christians in the phrase "home is where the heart is"....stay with me. In the gospels Jesus is clear that He is the express image of the Father, and that He only did what He saw the Father doing. Our Spirit is made alive in Christ at the moment we believe and receive Him according to John 1:12, and to that end our soul; our "heart" (the mind, will, and emotions) should be in submission to the very Spirit of God inside of us, as we are disciplined to be obedient in that submission. If we take that posture allowing our "heart" to be in control under His Spirit in every situation and live from Him we will bring love everywhere we go! We will also bring peace and authority to every moment as we allow the person standing in front of us to make a home with us. Often times I can be so afraid of what is in front of me instead of believing in what I bring to them....a home, a Father, a friend, and Love! "in love there is no fear, but perfect love casts out fear."
-1 John 4:18
The key words here are "in love". How am I walking into every relational situation? Is it in love or in fear? Jesus also said in John 14 " Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you" How amazing every step we take is meant to be! If we take every step in Him and who He says we are, and what He says we bring to every person in front of us, could we actually move in the power He told us to? The Kingdom and it being here and now was one of Jesus most frequent topics. Could it be that since we are now adopted sons and daughters with Jesus, and His Kingdom is dwelling in us that if we submit our "heart" to His Spirit that His Kingdom will go before us? Maybe the question should be where is our "heart"? Is it under control of our Spirit, or is it under the control of our fear in the flesh, the carnal flesh that was supposed to have died? Could it be that home truly is where the heart is?