The Heart of Flesh.
Unfortunately, many people may be living with a heart of stone without truly realising it. As I was in prayer this morning I had a vision of chains which were keeping a heart bound. And as I continued in prayer I came to understand that sadly, through the circumstances that people have faced throughout our lives such as hurt, rejection, betrayal etc it can cause our hearts to enter into a broken a state of numbness. It’s gives people the feeling of fear, of being too afraid to love again. It can cause people to enter into a state of emptiness because through their hurt, it seems too risky to allow their heart to open up through love and trust again.
Because of this issue, many people may begin to seek their own fleshly desires and begin to pursue what gives them that instant gratification in order to fill the void and make them feel better. And when we look at instant gratification, generally people turn to materialistic things and unhealthy addictions instead of actually turning to God, friends and family for love, care and support. There is beauty in love and importance within the relationships we hold in life. God Himself shared how important this part of human life was in the book of Genesis.
Genesis 2:18 – “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
When the issues of trust and love have been damaged within someone’s heart, it’s as though some people begin to develop a shell of stone to prevent feeling such heartbreak again. And through the pursuit of temporary things it can be easy to fall into idolatry if that person begins to base their joy upon that and not the love of God Himself.
Through which the Lord wants to heal and restore every single heart that has been a victim of hurt and betrayal. He wants you to allow His love to break through the shell that you may have developed out of what you thought was protection from your heart being hurt again.
God wants your heart to be healed and whole in Him as you step out in faith and learn to begin to love and trust again.
1 John 4:19 – “We love because He first loved us.”
In seasons where we may wrap ourselves in that shell it can be easy to ignorantly fall into selfishness too, because you may not know this but there are other people that need you to love them, care for them and support them without you unhealthily keeping your guard up. The people who need you may be people you haven’t even met yet, however without the freedom of love in your heart and soul it’s difficult to live purposefully to your maximum potential.
We live for Christ and to give Him the glory, there are two of the greatest commandments that the Lord mentioned in the book of Matthew.
Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV Version)