As you go through life, you will be offended, you will experience hurt, you will suffer loss. If you haven’t already, you will!
Your heart will be affected.
Will your heart become infected?
That depends on your response.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Guarding your heart does not mean building a fortress around your heart to keep people out, but rather, it means “take care of your heart.”
If you don’t take care of your heart, it will become a “wellspring” of infection (resentment, anger, unforgiveness, and bitterness) instead of a “wellspring” of life (love, kindness, grace, and forgiveness).
Here are three keys to insure the health of your heart:
- Submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12-13). He is God; you are not!
- Give thanks, in and for ALL things (I Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20). He is in control; you are not!
- Forgive unconditionally (Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:21-35). Love Jesus more than “being right” or being treated “rightly!”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Remember, it’s not about your circumstances improving, or the “problem” people in your life changing…It’s about how your heart has been affected and how you respond—It’s about your heart…
Pastor Steve Peterson
Fresh Start For All Nations