logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Christian Living Site

BellaOnline's Christian Living Editor

g

The Heart of a Canaanite Woman


The bible gets to the heart of the matter. Scripture reveals truth. As stated in Hebrews 4:12, it is alive and active and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The more I study, the more Scripture reveals that my heart isn't where Jesus would want it.

I prefer to consider myself a good person. I like to think that I am loving and accepting, and that I don't prejudge a person. But, there have been times that prove that view to be inflated. There was the time in a crowd, when I moved away from an unwashed, rough looking person. And, at work, there are a few people I haven't made an effort to get to know because it is obvious that we have nothing in common.

Matthew chapter 15.
A Canaanite woman found Jesus and his disciples in a place where they had gone to be alone. Jesus had been teaching about the difference between clean and unclean - between traditional methods of cleansing as taught by the Pharisees and true cleanliness in God's eyes.

The woman kept calling after them. She wanted healing for her demon possessed daughter. The disciples wanted her to go away. After all, she was a Canaanite - a Gentile - not one of God's chosen people. The woman persisted. She called Jesus, Son of David. She knew Jewish prophesy and believed him to be the Messiah. She knelt before Jesus and said, "Lord, help me." This woman believed Jesus to be the Savior. She had great faith in his ability and in his compassion.

This Canaanite woman didn't look like one of God's chosen. The disciples were pretty sure she had no business bothering Jesus. He was teaching them important truths of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus hesitated. He didn't immediately grant the woman's request. He required her to tell more of her faith. I wonder why, since we know that Jesus could easily see her heart. I think Jesus used this opportunity as one more teaching moment for the disciples. They had relied on Jewish traditions to make their decisions as to character. Jesus taught them that it isn't as easy as looking at the outside of a person. Cleanliness is a condition of the heart. Believing and trusting in Jesus as God and Savior had made this woman clean. Her request was granted. She left with the assurance that her daughter was free of the demon. The disciples saw that even a Gentile could be one of God's chosen.

Not many of us look like one of God's chosen. Fewer of us consistently act like his chosen people. I thank God that he see's my heart and hears my often used prayer of "Lord, help me."

My prayer: Lord, I know that to some Christians, I may not look like a Christian. Thank you for accepting me with all my faults and would you soften my heart so I can see other people through your eyes?


Matthew 15:21-28, Isaiah 9:7, Isaiah 16:5, Romans 15:8



Click Here


Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Twitter Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Facebook Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to MySpace Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Del.icio.us Digg The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Yahoo My Web Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Google Bookmarks Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Stumbleupon Add The+Heart+of+a+Canaanite+Woman to Reddit



 



A Dialogue With God - Mark 7:25-30
A Woman Who Loved Jesus
Gomer a Woman of the Bible
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Christian Living Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Lynne Chapman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lynne Chapman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lynne Chapman for details.

g


g features
Kinsman Redeemer

Eternal Salvation

A Look at Mary of Nazareth

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor