We have examined the first reason I write: to crystallize my thoughts to understand the convictions of my heart. From this it follows that my writing will be to express these convictions of my heart: what I believe and what is my hope in life.
Secondly, I write to express my faith and hope.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
[Proverbs 4:23 NKJV]
The heart is our inner soul from which our thoughts are solidified, emotions are poured forth, and actions are performed. It is truly the center of our being which shapes everything we do. So in a sense what we hide in our heart is who we really are. We do live what we believe in our hearts.
As for me:
“I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” [Galatians 2:20b NKJV]
And through this faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died for my sins, I rest in His eternal hope:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” [Titus 2:11-14 NKJV]
Secondly, I write to express this faith and hope that abides within me as an anchor for my soul [Hebrews 6:19]. It is the greatest treasure and delight of my life to be persuaded that God loves me, desires my highest good of His holiness, and will complete the work of grace He has begun in me. Yes, in Him I live and move and have my very being [Acts 17:28].
Next time: Why do I write? (Part 3)