Closed Heart Series: What It Takes To Love

Song Of The Week

Song: How Deep Is Your Love (Acoustic) by Hillsong Young & Free

Mood: Gratitude/Gratefulness

Taste: Smooth

How To Love Freely?

A close heart means to be rude. Indolent. It breeds indifference.

God calls us a temple. The house of God, where God dwells. Therefore, just like a building, our hearts have doors. And a closed heart either means locking God in or locking God out.

Throughout the Scripture, the Holy Spirit has been symbolized as wind. Just like wind, the Holy Spirit needs to move. When it stays stuck in a place, it will die down. There has to be a valve to regulate its flow.

Where the Holy Spirit can’t move, grace and love cannot flow.

An open heart navigates where your love goes, to and from you. It accepts love into your life and reciprocates it.

Herein lies a common misconception: Love has to come from above to be sustainable. Attention from people are ephermeral, eterally fleeting. But the Lord always watches over you, always considering your next step. His immeasurable love guides your every move.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:5-8

A closed heart is to trap God and trapping God’s is foul. It’s to set a limit to the infinite. It can’t work. Nothing good can come out of it. God isn’t meant to be trapped, He’s meant to freely move in and through you, just like love.

That’s what a closed heart is, it’s to trap an open heaven in the chambers of your chest. It’s to stop love from flowing out of you, like how it’s meant to.

You might have closed your heart out of self-defense. It’s a great defense mechanism that will protect you from getting heartbroken. I mean, it’s really effective in protecting your heart. But then again, it stops you from experiencing the full range of human emotions, the ones that God gave us. The highs nand lows are what make us human, and in this day and age, the humanity in us are dying to show.

It doesn’t matter how much people hurt you, their hearts are closed. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your hurts are invalid, it’s just a figure of speech). It only matters if yours isn’t. Sure, helping someone to open up their hearts is a great thing, but you can’t do that if yours is closed too.

Your open heart despite the trials will inspire other hearts to thaw, to blossom. And hearing the good news will encourage you to stay open.

There’s one thing I want to touch on though. When someone offends you or hurts you, it’s okay to feel offended or hurt, but it’s not okay to stay offended or hurt. When is the right go to get bygones be bygones? When is the healthy time to bury the hatchet?

Now that is completely up to you. I know, not a very helpful answer. But let’s take a look at on of Jesus’ experience:

Before Jesus’ crucifixion, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He told Peter that Peter would deny Jesus 3 times before the rooster crows. And when the time came, things unfolded exactly as Jesus said.

But in spite of this knowledge, Jesus didn’t hate Peter for denying him. Jesus didn’t swear at him during His time of great need. Instead, Jesus tapped on a greater love from above and forgave Peter even before peter wronged him.

If only we could all possess Jesus’ open heart, wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place? And it can! It all starts with you.

So, let go of all the grudges and spite, let the walls of your heart tumble down, and let God be your only place of refuge, the immovable God.

God bless you and have an amazing week!

– Tobias

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