How’s your heart? A question most people don’t ask others, but more so, don’t ask themselves. Rarely do we check in on the state of our hearts when really we should as it is the most important part of our being. The bible says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV. Another translation reads, “So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.” The Passion Translation.
I have met many people, including myself, where they would rather close off the part of their heart which has been hurt, is in pain, holds anger, bitterness, disappointment, unforgiveness and/or brokenness, than go deep and journey through the pain until they arrive at healing. It’s easy to ignore these areas of our heart and pretend that we don’t feel them, when in fact they affect who we are, how we see the world and most importantly, how we see God. Life is difficult because we encounter events on our journey that can really rattle us and cause extreme emotions. The emotions are not bad, they are expected, but it’s what we do with these emotions that matter and can determine our course in life.
We know we won’t have just one event that can hurt us; we most likely will have a few or many in our lifespan. When these moments happen and we don’t take care of our heart with God’s inclusion, we will build hurt upon hurt, disappointment upon disappointment, anger upon anger. The end result is a heart that is hard and bitter. This is not what God desires for us. He knows our hearts affect all that we are, every part of our lives and He wants to be invited in so He can help us navigate the effects of a moment that has shaken us.
The beauty that comes from letting God into our hearts to work on those closed off areas is that we are able to know the God of the brokenhearted. Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart and save such as have a contrite spirit.” What absolute hope and pure beauty that we have the God of the Universe willing to be right beside us in our pain and our brokenness. He is willing to help us journey through brokenness, betrayal, unforgiveness, pain, anger and rejection…why? Because He went through it as well and deeply knows how important it is to never sit in your pain, but to stand up and journey through it.
When King David lost his son, he stood up in pain and went to the temple of God to worship Him. David could do this so quickly because He had seen God show up in his life previously and be there for him. His history with God enabled him to stand up in his pain and worship God. The beautiful exchange when we worship God, is that He in turn meets us and heals our hearts.
We can’t allow our hearts to be hard. We can’t afford to see the world around us through eyes that have been tainted by hurt. Just like a garden has a gardener, who deals with weeds and any insect whose intention is to bring destruction to it, we too need to be the gardener of our hearts. “Keep your heart with all diligence”, removing the weeds of hurt, pain, rejection, and unforgiveness. I’m not saying pretend they aren’t there, no, what I am saying is: see them, invite Jesus in and have Him help you work through the emotion, gain perspective and release true forgiveness and then, step into a place of freedom and healing. When we do, we will experience a beautiful peace and a heart that is fully alive and full of hope!
This is not a one time meeting with your heart, it’s an ongoing, recurring process that will bring such health to who you are. It is choosing to check in with your heart and see where it’s at. It’s learning to ask the Holy Spirit to show you the state of your heart and then do the work when He reveals anything that may be hiding. God’s desire is for you to thrive in your life, to be free and to love. For Love is what the world needs, and you can’t fully love if your heart has become hardened from undealt with pain.
Your heart health is so important for out of it is how you live, how you love, how you dream!
How’s your heart?