Two devotionals I read this earlier morning had to do with the condition of our heart.
Proverbs tells us “Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
And Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is ‘to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul mind and strength.’ Mt 22:36-40
As I meditated on these biblical truths this morning, here’s what came to my mind – I can only love God fully if my heart is in really, really great condition. If it’s bruised or I’m carrying a spirit of unforgiveness or if there is some other issue of my heart that is weighing me down, it’s going to be kinda hard for me to pour out my heart and soul to God, in love.
So, it’s important for me to regularly search my heart to see if there are any negative emotions lurking there. If there are, I do my best to address them, with God’s help. I ask Him to help me deal with them… and to eventually take them from me so that I can have a pure heart… a heart full of love.
Then, I’m best able to love God….. and to love others.
I encourage you to continually evaluate your heart. Ask God to give you the courage and to help you to do this with honesty. And ask Him to give you the grace to deal with any negative emotions you find.
Then, what comes out of your heart – to God, and to others – will be love.