It seems like more and more people are coming up short in their relationships with others and with God. There are some who have not seen or heard from family members in years because of a dispute or wrong that has transpired between them. There are those who are not getting along with their coworkers or friends due to jealousy. There are those that are angry with God because of their circumstances. And of course there are persons who are experiencing conflict within their respective ministries and churches because it is not about them. All of this can be attributed to a breakdown in the application of practical and biblical principals for living or to make it plain, heart trouble. Our reputation as Christians is in jeopardy because of the state of our hearts. It is time to do a heart check and to determine the motives behind our actions. Getting acquainted with our true selves and being honest about the attitudes of our heart will go a long way in eradicating the impact of our actions toward one another and ultimately God.
We can detect and correct heart trouble by examining ourselves with the Word of God. Searching the Bible for models of righteousness will assist us in ensuring that our hearts and the desires of our hearts are in line with God’s will. Knowing the Word of God is essential in getting our hearts back on track. A renewed mind is accomplished by reading, speaking and hearing the word of life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is possible to be disconnected while seemingly carrying on in life like nothing has changed. Aligning with the Word will make you aware of your heart problem and also give you the remedy to fix it. The impact of the Kingdom is resting in the presentation the saints make to the world. People can tell if we are genuinely concerned about them or if we are phony. Matthew 12:34 gives proof of this, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” What is on the inside will eventually come out. This ultimately affects our relationships with believers and unbelievers as well. Becoming more Christ-like will be the catalyst for the change of heart in others.
Jesus said that people will know we are his disciples by our love. Our ability to love others is a matter of the heart. It is difficult to love others when our hearts are not in tune with the Holy Spirit. We are empowered to demonstrate God’s love through manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit. This gives evidence to those around us that our hearts are being transformed and our minds renewed through the ongoing work of the Spirit of God. People problems, personal problems and work and ministry problems can all be alleviated with the proper perspective of the heart. We are blessed when our hearts are in the right place not just emotionally but spiritually. Jesus declared that the pure in heart would see God. This is a promise that should encourage us to examine ourselves to see if there are any false ways that we need to address.
Ultimately you and your heart trouble will be confronted and corrected in due season. Take time to honestly assess your motives, desires and aspirations. See if they line up with God’s will and God’s ways. Remember that, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”