Since our words and our actions all stem from our heart, let’s start the new year by checking our heart ~ our whole heart. Let’s look inward and listen to what it is saying. Our heart ~ our inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts and inner self. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).
Most of us may quickly say ~ my heart is full of integrity, understanding, compassion toward others, tenderness, giving, helping and feelings of love … and you’d probably be right. However, let’s look and listen to our whole heart, for scripture says that “our heart is deceitful above all things.” (Jeremiah 17:9). What else is our heart saying?
As we listen to our inner thoughts, what we speak and how we act, we may get other clues as to what else is in our heart “… for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45).
Allow yourself a moment to take honest inventory. Don’t worry, there are no surprises to God who intricately created us and knows everything about us ~ and LOVES us unconditionally!!! And, “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1
I encourage you to spend time with God today ~ and every day ~ checking your heart. For as you acknowledge and release the destructive pieces, there will be room in your heart for pure love, healing, peace, joy, freedom, wisdom and the ability to freely run ~ accomplishing all of the wonderful plans God has intended for you!
Begin the honest inventory, by remembering how much God loves you, and all that He has done for you through Jesus Christ. Then ask Him to gently show you the hidden areas of your heart that may be filled with fear or hate; unforgiveness; disappointments, sorrow, cynicism, resentment, pride, anguish, hurt and the hardness of heart. In this personal conversation ~ prayer ~ humbly come before God, listen and receive His love, His Wisdom, His healing and His grace. “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ( relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
He never intended for us to carry a heavy, burdened heart, even if we’ve learned to mask it with humor and laughter. Instead, if we allow it ~ He intends to carry it for us, while we walk with Him, looking to Him for all His wisdom, understanding, and the good He has planned for us!
“My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:20-23 (New Living Translation)
May you have the most blessed 2013! And, if I may encourage you through God’s Word, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
“And you shall love the Lord your God out of
and with your whole heart…” Mark 12:30