“Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments” (Joel 2:12).
It is held as common knowledge that love is one of many emotions that live in the hearts of men and women. When we try to describe someone unknown to another person we begin with their personal attributes; ‘he/she is nice, they are a lot of fun and I enjoy being around them.’ Occasionally, we will hear someone describe another as having a good heart, why is the heart such an important organ? Because God’s attributes include love, joy, kindness, and mercy, emotions and acts that we should pray for and thank Him for developing these characteristics in our lives. “Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore” (1 Chronicles 16:8-11).
The heart is a “lonely hunter” always looking for love to capture or to be captured by it—seeking the comforts of love. As misunderstood as it may be the world is full of comfortless and broken hearts, to heal a broken heart requires a heavenly cure. Have you ever wondered why the heart is more often assaulted than comforted? There is great pain in experiencing a broken heart, I have been there and done that, regrettably more than once. Wait a while, five maybe ten years later and you realize that you were not the only one afflicted with emotional pain and suffering.
You may choose to keep the pain hidden within that broken vessel we call a heart or you can tell someone how much you have suffered or for the blessed how much you have been comforted. Should you choose to tell the story in all of its sad details you can end the tale with joy in how God wrapped His arms around you. His grace and Spirit filled you with the radiance of hope that chased the dark shadows of emotional despair away from your heart. In the span of this experience you realize why you were sorely afflicted and thank God for the lesson in helplessness and the sufficiency of His grace.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6-7). It is the everlasting faithfulness of God’s heart that makes a Bible promise “exceedingly great and precious.” Human promises, although, coming from the heart are often worthless. Many a broken promise has left a broken heart. But since the world was made, God has never broken a single promise or heart. God’s love for us emanates from His heart, not a flesh and blood heart as we have but the great spiritual heart Jesus Christ taught we must strive to emulate.
God’s love heals the broken-hearted, comforts the sorrowful and forgives our social interactions—course and vulgar behaviors. “And when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts, and spreading out their hands toward this temple then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act……since you know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart)” (I-Kings 8:38-39). God does not comfort our hearts to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters of other broken hearts. The desire to comfort begins in a spirit-filled heart: “Comfort you, comfort you my people, saith Your God” (Isaiah. 40:1). Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ