No pain = No gain
The heart holds many secrets; it holds happiness for some while it seems to hold malice in others.
It seems to be sometimes bleeding and then you may find it to be turned to stone. Often it feels broken, but only moments before it held an abundance of love. Oh how it feels, to have my love skewed, if this attack persists much longer surely it will stop my heart from beating.
What is a heart besides only the muscle that pumps our blood throughout the body? Is a heart not also that which funnels love towards one another, I feel even in criticism, my heart shows love, for it’s because of this love that I would say anything at all. Yet this love is not reciprocated, it is rejected even, for pride has set up itself as a barrier to this, pride itself has hardened the heart of the recipient of this message.
So what shall I do? I know of one who also had His message of love rejected, He had many way of confessing His love for us all, yet even His own followers sometimes misunderstood, or worse yet thought they understood without really giving the message much thought. I would like to share part of this message of love from a latter apostle, who is Paul. Paul as you may know did not always hold this all-encompassing love within his own heart, but he was shown a better way of life and he had ears that would hear and heed the call of Him who would cast away torment and replace it with healing.
This is the message Christ came here to deliver and these are the words inspired by Christ and given to Paul to share with us. From 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and beginning at verse four and ending with verse thirteen Paul writes;
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
So it shall be out of patience that I will continue to persevere in my own message of love towards my LORD. My family and my enemy, even those who may not be for me, can not withstand repeated assaults of love. I may not speak the message where they could understand it, but they will see it and recognize a difference in attitude and that difference is love.
So now that I have this message, do I hold it in my heart as a secret? Sometimes and regrettably I will do just that, then what will come out of my heart will be a perversion, for if I hold in the love the other emotion and action to bring forth would be apathy. This therefore would show only concern for myself and as we know Christ – whom we are to imitate – did not hold that same feeling towards us and thankfully so.
But, we will tend to become ensnared from time to time within our own feelings and if this happens – it has happened to us all – we will hopefully be able to dismiss those thoughts as quickly as possible.
The heart as I stated is a muscle and being a muscle it can become soft, enveloped in fatty tissues, or we can exercise it with repetitive motions and make it stronger. The heart I speak of in this message is not purely physical. It is physical, spiritual and mental – for that is the heart the LORD desires us to possess for Him – it is a heart that is also capable of being exercised, we condition this heart through sharing, whether good or bad experiences can be shared in empathy towards one another. If we are in a position of affluence, we can share love of compassion with another and if we have ample time. We may even share our hearts through volunteerism. All of these and more will strengthen us, for all of these are gifts from Him above.
Happy Valentines Day!!!