Not each one will come with a “Handle With Care” disclaimer, not openly or legibly readable most times, but they should. They’re delicate. The center of everything. When pure, they see GOD and the endless possibilities that exist because of and with HIM. When they’re tainted, the miss GOD…and miss out.
Just like the natural heart is the life-center of the entire body, pumping blood throughout it to every part in need, the spiritual heart is the life-center of the spirit man, generating the foundation from which action occurs because, well, people do what’s in their hearts to do, which is why it’s always a good idea to examine our hearts on a regular basis to ensure they’re functioning properly, because dealing with people, places, and things can sometimes cause rips and tears and pulls, or even leave debris. Maintenance is necessary.
The good thing about hearts that may get battered and torn and a little bruised in the process is that they can be repaired; they can be fixed if that’s truly the desire. Well, let’s backtrack a bit; the BEST part about a heart that’s a little battered and bruised? It’s in use. One of my favorite scriptures in the entire WORD of GOD is this…
“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” Luke 7:47
This scripture says so much about the sins we commit looking for and attempting to love, being so strongly driven to use what’s inside of these hearts of ours, feeling that if we don’t, we’ll ultimately combust, but in the immediate be incredibly unfulfilled and disappointed. This scripture also shows that JESUS gets us; HE understands the pain we encounter, even create for ourselves, in pursuit of fulfilling the desire to be loved, to belong, through the use of these hearts of ours, earnestly seeking to fill the GOD-space in our lives, but most times with everything but HIM. That costs us, and oftentimes that price is a piece of our heart…one we didn’t have to spare, which we don’t realize until we’ve already paid it, whether willingly or by force. So if your heart is a little beat up, don’t disdain it, rejoice in it; it can be used by GOD to do great things.
So what’s the point of all this? Well, for me, just to let you know that I know how it feels to have a heart broken, pieced together, misused, and then left for whatever it will share out of what it’s experienced. A heart remaining in that condition can make life confusing; can make GOD confusing. But I also know what it feels like to have a brand new heart given to replace what left me for dead; a heart that’s better for the wear and tear, stronger because it’s been tried, tender because it’s been beaten. You see, GOD can’t use hearts that can’t, or won’t feel; hearts that haven’t been through anything. So what, at one point, would have been a major disgrace, is actually a badge of honor. The mission becomes, now, to not disregard what GOD esteems so valuable; so much so that HE requires that we love HIM with all of it (Matt.22:36-38). So the point for you is to remind you, or introduce you to the fact that, your heart holds value; don’t waste it and don’t belittle it. What you do from here out is guard it; use it, but be sure to protect it for use (Prov.4:23).
So, before it’s all said and done, take the charge and don’t follow your heart, lead it; because where it finds value is where you’ll be found (Matt.6:21).
I love you guys…