What does it mean that Jesus lives in my heart?
Here's the answer:
When people say that Jesus lives in their hearts, it doesn’t mean the heart that pumps blood through your body.
The "heart" of a person is the center of who he or she is. Sometimes when people say "heart," they mean the deepest part of a person. For example, you might have heard someone say they have a broken heart. That doesn’t mean his actual beating heart is broken; it means the person is very sad deep down. Even though the Bible never actually says that Jesus lives in our hearts, some people say Jesus is in their heart to mean that Jesus is living spiritually in the center, or deepest part, of their life.
Every one of us is a sinner, and we need to be saved from our sin before we can have a relationship with God. Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth to be our Savior—to save us from our sin. He died on a cross to take the punishment we deserve. When you believe in what Jesus did for you and accept Him as your personal Savior (allowing Jesus to save you from your sin), God promises that you will receive eternal spiritual life (John 3:16). You will be forgiven of all your sins, and your life will change forever. Now that God’s life is alive in you, you can begin to think like God does, love like Him, and obey Him. The deepest part of you, your heart, is changed.
The evidence that Jesus lives in your "heart" will be that you want to please Him in all that you think, say, and do. You will want to live as He lived and try to be more like Jesus every day (1 John 2:6). If you have not asked Jesus to be part of your life, click here to read more about that.
"He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us new life" (Titus 3:5).
"When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done" (Romans 6:23).
"God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift" (Ephesians 2:8)