We are faced with so much in this life. Maybe you’re thinking, Tara, I haven’t had much trouble. But, lets just take a look for a second.
Has anyone hurt you so deep you wanted to keep them completely out of your life? Have you ever been bitter when someone comes forth accepting Jesus or returning back to faith thinking they don’t deserve that chance? Has someone ever told you a personal story and you felt yourself close off from the pain and hurt because it was too much?
I think I can say, we all close our hearts off in some area of our life. But when we choose to leave our hearts open, we leave room for love to completely pour out on someone.
An abuse can lead to such a deep love for people in terrible situations leading you to pour resources and support towards a ministry promoting freedom for the hurting. Freedom from alcohol addiction can lead to a deep love to see others freed as well. Opening your heart back to the person who hurt you most allows you to see they are not perfect and deserve love too.
It’s a difficult task. I do not believe this means keeping yourself in an unhealthy situation like abuse. But we can allow God to move in, let forgiveness settle, and open up to a new way of living. Living and loving.
Sometimes opening our hearts means we can finally move forward. Trust me, you want your heart with you in this life. It is the piece of you with compassion, understanding, joy, hope, empathy. The place saying “me too.”
You might cry, you might sing praises, you might pray deeply for someone you struggle loving, but let that love flood out and keep your heart open.
I like to place my hand over my heart when I’m praying sometimes or worshipping. I have lived life with knowledge and little heart, and learned it is essential to be in the both knowledge and heart when we are dealing with people.
I want to be the person that sees the prodigal come down the aisle and be so overjoyed and happy God gives us second chances (Thinking of the song Reckless Love, the verse “…leaves the ninety-nine…to come and find me”). I want to be the person who can hear hard stories and know my God is faithful. I want to give people second chances.
Because ultimately God has left His heart open for us, so we can know He loves us and He loves this world. Waiting. Pursuing us with this Reckless Love. So, we can be brave, keep our hearts open, and love people like He asks us. It’s His love anyways.