Just like our vehicles need a tune up, our bodies and specifically our heart needs ongoing maintenance. Don’t forget your heart is repairable. We need to look at people from a different perspective and realize that hurting people end up hurting us. If we dwell on this, we forfeit happiness and victory. We have to see our hearts being repaired and remember who heals the broken hearted.
Psalm 147:3 says , “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
God cares about the condition of your heart. It’s not Gods will for you to be sad nor is it God’s will for you to be broken. His will is joy, happiness, and a healed heart. You don’t have to wait on God’s will, the Bible is clear. Remember when people are hurt, they hurt others. Think of this perspective, an injured dog will bite. You need to avoid the injury in the first place, and you have the power to do so. You can protect your heart so healing can happen.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Once your heart is protected it can be healed. People don’t have the power of to hurt a guarded heart that blesses others. Sometimes we are so busy trying to fix things, but we get so lost in the repair, we lose sight of what needs to be fixed. Or we just break it a little more out of frustration. Think about Samson in Judges 14 through 16. He had a woman he loved. He asked parents for a philistine. He killed a lion through the spirit of God. The next day there was honey in carcass. He was prideful and went around telling a riddle. A lady bugged him until he explained the riddle. She the told everyone the riddle. Samson’s pride got the best of him and he allowed the anger to build. This exposed his hearts vulnerability instead of the protection. Ultimately this led to his capture.
“And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.”
Judges 15:14-16 KJV
Samson was once a big deal. Through his heart vulnerabilities a series of events led to his slavery. He was laughed at, mocked and humbled. Ultimately while being put on for show his strength came back and he destroyed the building killing several and himself. He committed suicide without a heart repair.
That’s not Gods best.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
JOHN 10:10 AMP
This is a prime example of a hurting person who ended up hurting others. Noah also hurt when he was hurting.
“And Noah began to farm and cultivate the ground and he planted a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he was uncovered and lay exposed inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw [by accident] the nakedness of his father, and [to his father’s shame] told his two brothers outside. So Shem and Japheth took a robe and put it on both their shoulders, and walked backwards and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine [induced stupor], he knew what his younger son [Ham] had done to him. So he said, “Cursed be Canaan [the son of Ham]; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. “May God enlarge [the land of] Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.””
GENESIS 9:20-27 AMP
This is why it is so important to protect our hearts and see them repaired. Guard your heart so you don’t become vulnerable.
““But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And each man will no longer teach his neighbor and his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me [through personal experience], from the least of them to the greatest,” says the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness, and I will no longer remember their sin.””
JEREMIAH 31:33-34 AMP
Remember, it’s not Gods will to suffer. We make mistakes and others make mistakes. God promised to remember no more our mistakes if we ask Him. You have to promise to remember no more, and forgive. There is freedom in forgiveness. Enjoy the promise of personal interaction.
Get ready to get up and remember these three points:
1. My heart is repairable, so let it be.
2. Hurting people hurt people, that’s their shame.
3. I see my heart repaired, so forgive.
As you choose to forgive you are released of their burden. You are going to walk forward in victory. It feels great to be free.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.”
You are redeemed, free from others burdens, blessed and repaired!
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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