Our hearts are telling us the truth, there is a better way to live.
“Thirsty hearts are those whose longings have been wakened by the touch of God within them”. – A.W. Tozer
Don’t we all feel that there has to be more to life than this that there is something more? How do we reach our full potential? Who am I?
The life of the heart is a great mystery. It is in our heart that we first hear the voice of God. It is in our heart that we first know his love. It is in our hearts that we learn to love. Therefore to lose heart is to lose everything (Curtis).
“So long as we imagine that it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way around. It is he who is looking for us”. Simon Tugwell.
The holy scriptures warn us to guard our hearts:
“Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows out of it”. All of our life springs out of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23
The heart is our inner life, it is where our fears, our passions, our dreams and deepest mystery lives. The heart responds to stories, beauty, emotion, music, art, poetry, passion, mystery, ecstasy, hope, love and faith. This is why Jesus spoke in stories and parables and images. He wanted to get to our hearts. There is a language of the heart. The voice of God speaks to our hearts which is why some cannot hear the voice of God because they have lost touch with their hearts (Curtis).
Our hearts are telling us the truth. There is more to life than this and the answer is within reach. It is near us, it is within us. Yet the brutality of life and the forces of survival and superiority of cognitive thought disconnect us from our hearts. Wounds and pains, rejections and betrayals cause us to harden our hearts. Bitterness and unforgiveness cause our hearts to become toxic.
The whole message of the Gospel of Jesus is to free our hearts to love God and to love others. It’s that simple. Jesus knows that all life flows from our hearts. He knows that for us to truly find fulfilment, contentment and fullness of life, we need to be in touch with our hearts. We cannot love others, indeed we oursleves become unlovely and unloveable if our hearts are hardened, small and tart.
Jesus showed us a way to live that would cause us to flourish.
“Love the Lord your God with ALL YOUR HEART and love your neighbour as yourself…Do this and you will live” (Luke10:26-28).
The journey to the heart is also called the spiritual journey. The journey to the centre. It is full of intimacy and adventure. Jesus knew that the pain and trouble that we would find in this world would hurt our hearts, harden our hearts. That is why God gave us this promise.
‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh’. Ezekiel 36:26
Some of the thoughts from this post are prompted from a book that I love very much. It is called ‘The Sacred Romance’ written by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge.
‘From childhood on, something or someone has called us on a journey to the heart. To ignore this whispered call is to become one of the living dead who carry on their lives divorced from their most intimate selves, their heart. The Sacred Romance calls to us in our fondest memories, our greatest loves, our noblest achievements, even our deepest hurts. The reward is worth the risk. God himself longs for us, if we are but willing.
The Sacred Romance strikes a chord in us more than in any other age, we have lost touch with our hearts We have left that essential part of ourselves behind int he pursuit of efficiency, success and even Christian service’.
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God. To purchase this book just click on the image and it will take you to Amazon. I highly recommend this as a great addition to your bookshelf.