The human heart is simple & mysterious…physically it pumps blood to our bodies & emotionally it also carries love, pain & a variety of strong emotions which guide most decisions in our life.
I’ve been meditating on the heart in terms of spirituality for over a year now and I am still fascinated with the role and importance it plays in our lives. I was curious to see how many times it was mentioned in the Bible. I was shocked to find that it was only outnumbered by the words ‘God’, ‘Father’ and ‘Lord’. The King James Version references it 830 times.
It’s even mentioned in the greatest commandment Matthew 22:36 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Proverbs 4:23 ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.’
You know what makes me laugh (kind of)?
At an early age I knew God was stirring me to serve Him, but even into Bible School, I thought it was only a 1 dimensional thing. I thought, ‘I guess this means I’ll be a missionary or something helping impoverished children in another country’. While, I still agree that serving God is about giving to others,
I had no idea God intended to do a work in me. I didn’t know He wanted to fix the brokenness in my heart.
I didn’t even know I needed it. But how can I expect to give to others what I don’t have myself? Our hearts are like diffusers, what’s inside is what we give off to others, whether aromatic and pleasant or foul and off putting.
So what am I supposed to do with this? What is my responsibility with what’s in my heart?
First of all, it’s bigger than a responsibility. It’s a privilege.
We are not robots. We are created with the ability to carry love, joy, pain, sorrow in our hearts.
I’m convinced that our hearts are the container that God’s being longs to inhabit. I believe our hearts are where the battle ground for our lives are at. What has your heart will have your life. I believe when we ask God to pour His love into our hearts (Romans 5:5) we receive it, and that is the pinnacle of the Christian faith, to be a vessel of God’s love. Sometimes that comes out as serving, sometimes that looks like choosing to forgive. Sometimes that’s being bold. Sometimes it’s humbling yourself. Sometimes it’s the warm feeling you get when you give.
Our responsibility is what we let stay and grow in our hearts. Resentment comes. Anger comes. But we have the power to choose on whether or not we keep it there. On the flip side, have you ever wondered what that empty feeling was sometimes? It’s something missing in your heart.
The good news, that’s where God comes in. Anytime, anywhere and can meet us in a moment. His job is to fill (Ephesians 1:23).
His job is to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1).
A relationship with God is not based on works, religious effort or attending church. Those are a bi product of a relationship with Him. It’s about connecting with Him in your heart first. ‘Did our hearts not burn within us while he talked with us?’ (Luke 24:32)
The first step is willingness to know Him. The second is asking Him to show you. And the third step is looking for it and grabbing hold when you see it.
He is good! He is Love! He is the author of compassion & freedom!
Happy Valentine’s Day!