Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hurt Hearts Healed


The world, just like people, is made up of invisible immaterial stuff, and physical material stuff. And just like us, when there is a problem with the material stuff it is usually obvious. Less obvious is when there is a problem with the immaterial stuff - the spiritual stuff. The centre of who we are spiritually is most usually referred to as our heart.
Just like our physical hearts, our real hearts are fragile. Physically, our hearts are protected by our rib cage. Spiritually though, our hearts start off a little more exposed. When our young hearts are still discovering the world we have trusted people in our lives who serve as protectors. As we grow we learn who to allow in -and- who to keep out of our hearts. But sometimes, some people, learn this too late.
Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none. 
Psalm 69:20
To love involves opening our heart to someone. Our hearts are the store from which our deepest sources of delights, hopes, dreams, and fears are kept. To reveal your heart involves risk. As with any worthwhile risk, the benefits of having your heart well treated are enormous. These benefits are the essential ingredients for a person to become all they can be. The joy that two hearts wedded together nuptially experience is unsurpassed by any other human joy. But arriving at such a sublime heart-connection involves a journey of both delights and heart-aches. You can tell whether a person has a strong heart by how much of it they let others see.
¶ We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open.
2Cor. 6:11
Yet there are some whose hearts will never allow them such wonders of love because they have locked too many rooms of their hearts to prevent anyone else from seeing in letting alone entering in. If your heart has been wounded perhaps you have simply shut that room rather than repaired it.  A wounded heart that is a shut heart becomes a cold heart. Perhaps it's time to receive some divine heart surgery?
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10
Of course, sometimes we don't mean to shut up hurts within our hearts. Offences come and our hearts almost involuntarily withdraw. Betrayal strikes deep in our hearts and we lock down even further. Envy creeps in and cripples large sections of our heart. And before we know it our once transparent hearts are now as cold as stone. But God the Great Heart Surgeon invites us to open up our hearts to Him.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26
All of us have had our hearts hurt. Not all of us have had our hearts healed. Will you open up your heart to God? He is the Model Father. He can be trusted. He knows how to guard and protect what you share with Him from your heart. Pour out your heart to Him tonight. If you are struggling with an issue of heart coldness, let Him heal your heart. Christ is still in the business of taking cold hopeless hearts and warming them with His love. You'll see.
They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?"
Luke 24:32
Ps. Andrew

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