Matters of the Heart
Blah. Blah. Blah. I wonder if that’s what some people hear when I talk. I want to make a difference, an impact on others’ lives, but I know it takes more than words to grow someone’s trust, to show someone love. They have to believe the words themselves and apply it to their lives, or no difference will take place. This transformation starts by getting to the heart of the matter; what is lying in the depths of your heart that only you and God know about?
All around us people are hurting. They are up to their neck in stress. They don’t want to hear opinions, and “solutions”. There are no quick fixes to cure pain. It has already weaved itself into the fabric of the heart. The effects of pain may be rebellion, separation, and anger. In Matthew 23:26, it talks about how we must first clean the inside of the vase and then the outside will be clean also. Sometimes we try to force the issue by doing things in reverse, but we are fighting a losing battle if the heart hasn’t changed. The same junk will continue spewing out of us.
Even when we are ready to change sometimes the pain is too great. We feel suffocated with the mere thought of change. The manifestations of the heart have almost become a comfort blanket to portray that we are content in our own skin. This is who we are. Yet, we shouldn’t be comfortable here. Broadcasting the levels of sin in our heart should not be a badge of honor.
Our pain is what it is, awful, annoying things in our past that we can’t change. Although we can’t change the event, we can change how it affects our daily living, by handing the pain and dirt over to Jesus. What is your pain? Where does it stem from? We need to unload the baggage that is stashed away in the deepest corners of our heart and prepare for the next chapter of our lives with victory and God’s grace wrapped around us.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.