It’s amazing how many ways we look at our heart.
You know, “that’s what it’s all about…” Everything comes from the heart!
There is a beautiful little clip on YouTube (click here) with two little kids arguing about the water falling out of the sky – one says it’s raining, another says it’s sprinkling. The one that says it’s sprinkling is defending his position because his mom told him that it was sprinkling.
They are about 3 years old and there is the cutest little argument running back and forth. It’s not just the cuteness of the kids, but it’s the ending statement by the “sprinkling” kid…You have to watch the clip to the end. It’s only 2 minutes long. Faster than a commercial break during election season…I’ll wait here, come back and finish reading after you watch. Okay…. Need the link again? Here it is… (click here)
Okay… I assume you watched it. “You poked me in the heart.” How often have we been hurt in the heart about some situation, or something someone said. We may be tough, or cute, on the outside, but the wound we received is deep. Most wounds come from those closest to us.And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’ (Zec 13:6 ESV)
It’s amazing how we want to “speak from the heart” and yet the heart contains all the wicked and good thoughts of people around us. “Pierced to the heart” when we are wounded by another. Lifted when we are cared for by another with a huge heart.
In fact, we think of the heart as the seat of our emotions. Regardless of how we address something with our outside voice, it is the inside voice that whispers in our ear the true heart of the matter!You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” (Mat 15:7-9 ESV)
Regardless of what you say with your lips, your heart holds the truest picture of how you feel about something or someone.The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luk 6:45 ESV)
And what you have on the inside will overwhelm the outside. You cannot keep the matters of the heart hidden. Too easily you will speak one way and have the heart of the matter another way. When our heart is full of potentially negative things, we must root out the heart of the matter and find out what the real problem might be. Why? We need the heart to be clean and pure.“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Mat 5:8 ESV)
Our outside life is led by the heart. It is really the “heart of the matter” that truly matters. I treasure family, but feel wounded when there is turmoil in the family. That can be my biological family as well as my church family. I want to have good thoughts about everyone, and yet I struggle with how to best to apply my heart. If I let my heart speak, then I may unintentionally wound, but sometimes wounding opens up to let the heart and let some healing take place…
I think this is the true treasure we are all looking for. Healing of our heart.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Mat 6:21 ESV)