Before the year ends, I will be doing two features about heart surgery.
How many of us can truly say that we have dealt with any form of heartbreak that has occurred to us in the past?
Remembering your first heartbreak is not easy. We have all been there whether our hearts were broken by a male or female we can all say that at one point in our lives, we have had our hearts broken. It seems as though the older you get, the worse the heartbreak feels. This could be that we keep hold of how our heart was broken and we seem to take note of every detail in terms of the heartbreak. Like, some people can remember what they wore, where they were, how many people were in the room, what they ate before it happened. I mean the whole shabang. What I want to concentrate on this morning is to see whether we have dealt with our hearts being broken or whether we have let our heartbreak follow us throughout our lives. The title of this message is heart surgery. I believe today that God is going to mend some broken hearts.
There is no magic formula of how to deal with a broken heart, you kinda just learn how to deal with it over time. We kind of just assume that our hearts would mend back together that we don’t need to do anything just eat plenty of chocolate and pizza until we feel better. I’ve noticed that these days no one wants to talk, I mean really, really talk. We are all too busy on our phones prying with what is happening in someone else’s life that we can sometimes forget that we have our own lives to lead. But, because we are so busy, everyone is talking but who is actually listening?
Notice that I used the word listening because there is a difference, one can hear but the person who listens takes action upon what they have heard. Many of us are pouring our hearts out to people that hear us but really don’t care, fact, some people who you are quick to tell everything to are running to tell other people the exact same thing that you have just told them. We need to discern who and what we tell people so that we are guarding our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 states GUARD your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Lemme break this down for y’all:
To guard something means that one is to watch over, keep hold of in order to control or protect against damage.
To have diligence means careful or persistent work or effort.
The fact that your heart contains the issues of life means that you have to be careful about what issues you are letting into your heart. Some of us are carrying too many issues in our hearts that really do not concern us. Not every battle you face, is yours to fight.
Guarding your heart simply means that we are to be careful about who we are speaking to about our heart issues. We all need to make sure that we have at least one person that we can talk to about what is going on within our lives. For so long, ‘religion’ has told us that we are alone. We need to break that and start living the word and being transparent with each other. I’m not saying to go around telling everyone your problems but seek God in whom you should open up to.
Religion has caused many of us to hide when we have a problem, if we are saying that we are the church and living by the standard that we are all for one and one for all then why are there so many heart issues within the church?
What I have come to learn is that you cannot expect to have it all together all the time. Like, it is actually impossible to have it all together. Believe me I have tried. Them ones when you’re facing something and you feel as though if you tell someone they will think differently about you. But, isn’t this what ‘church’ is about. Church is not just a place where we watch the pastor do everything, it is not just a place where we come to worship then go live in sin the rest of the week. Church is a place of family. It is a place where your brothers and sisters are, in which you all are seeking the Father’s heart.
Hebrews 3:8 says ‘’do not harden your hearts’’. If we say that we are Christians and are applying the word then did we all miss this scripture or…? It says DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS. That means that we are to not be so hostile with everything and that we are to soften our hearts. We have to learn to be honest. First be honest with yourself about what is the status of your heart is then be honest with those that can help you.
The problem is that no one wants to be honest with each other. We are all a bit too quick to reply on how we are looking instead of actually telling people how we are feeling. The way you look will not always determine how you feel. If you have an issue then talk to someone about it, first go to God and pour your heart out to him and then ask God to bring someone to you that will help you face the situation. In order for God to bring someone to us, we have to be open to receive.
Not everyone that you open up to is going to hurt you. We need to get out of this mentality that because I have been hurt in the past, I will be a closed book and not let anyone in because if we carry on like this, God will be trying to tell us something in order to help us but we have already shut down that we won’t be able to hear what God has to say. Then, we will start crying out that we cannot hear God when we have not opened our hearts to receive anything that God wants to give us.
Proverbs 17:22 says that a ‘’merry heart does good, like medicine but a broken spirit dries the bones.’’ Having a cheerful heart impacts the way you see life. Making sure that you have your heart right is key, because like we learnt in Psalm 4:23 out of it spring the issues of life, not only that but having your heart right will change your perspective on the way you see God and the way that he loves you unconditionally.
If you have an issue in your heart that you need prayer for then come up and people will pray for you. It’s time for you to see the joy that God wants you to have in your heart.
Peace & Love