Knowing what I like and don’t like is easy.
(This picture I really like.)
Knowing what movies, books, and magazines I enjoy is pretty simple.
Knowing my heart is a different matter.
“Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only that which will benefit those who listen.” Eph. 4:29
If my heart is good and kind why is it so difficult to follow this verse?
If my heart is gentle and teachable why do I struggle with correction?
If I have peace and joy in my heart why can a few things going wrong send me into stress?
The heart is not a formula and character isn’t a recipe.
It takes effort
And most of all
to change the heart.
And the best thing is
it takes a
So as I pray about the words I wish I had spoken
again admit the flaws in my behavior
seek another opportunity to love those I find unlovely
I ask the Lord to shine His love on the places where I am hurting,
mend the broken,
restore my trust in others,
and forgive my unwillingness…
God is patient,
slow to anger
and abounding in love.
And with His help
I will be those things too.