Heart of Stone
I had to ask myself, Do I have a heart of stone? The answer, sometimes, is yes! This saddens me! Why is my heart cold sometimes? Hurts from the past and unforgiveness sets up unjust boundaries to hide behind.
In my walk with the Lord I admit, occasionally, difficult days, the storms, and the hurts of life break our hearts. Defenses go up. What is your defense?
Flee and Flight or Anger and Fight? To avoid pain, we become quiet we flee inwardly, I hide in my list of things to do. I know, occasionally, we shut down, we tune out those who truly love and care about us. We close ourselves into our homes to avoid others. Perhaps angers boils up , hurtful words released in attack. Am I alone in this matter? What about you?
God loves us with an everlasting love. He longs to break down the walls of our hearts to forgive us for our anger or hiding. Walls erected for protection become a prison increasingly deeper hurt, isolation and loneliness.
However, if we allow God to break down the walls of unforgiveness love will once again flow through our hearts into others.
So, I had to ask myself, how do I get past hurt? I have learned the answer is forgiveness. Ephesians tells us to forgive as Christ forgives. That’s not in our own strength and the strength that God gives to us.
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