“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 ->me: Whoa! ‘May the Lord direct your hearts!’ Direct our hearts where? -> into the love of God -> into the steadfastness and patience of Christ Himself! When does this happen? -> while we wait for His return! This is a total epiphany moment and I had just sat down to read quite a few verses; I didn’t get more than 2 verses before hitting this nugget. What this tells me, is that when I follow God through His word, through prayer, and worship Him…continually confessing my sin and striving to be righteous in Him -> God (through His Holy Spirit) will affect and influence my heart into the ways of Himself in Love, Patience, and Hope in the return of His Son. Said differently – my heart will respond to the ways and purposes of my King. I will feel in my being the love Jesus has for the lost, sadness for the downtrodden, and pure joy in the expanding of His Kingdom. I will have that knowledge that God is answering my prayer of ‘make my will, Your will’. If you are reading this, I hope you have had the experience of God having ahold of your life through your own surrender to Him (an amazing sense of peace and comfort that is unexplainable)…this can fade as I get complacent in my walk but once I have felt it, I have the knowledge of what it feels like and the incentive to get back there is God chastening me to Himself; it is an inflection point in any Christian’s walk.