Matters of the Heart

A Woman to Woman Article

Matters of the Heart

The condition of our heart really matters to our Lord. We can try to put on a false front to those around us, but we cannot fool God. He knows what we think and how we feel. When He chooses us, He has a very special plan for us. Part of His plan is to work with and change our heart.

He says in Colossians 3:12-13, “Those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” And, Colossians 3:14 says: “And beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”

There is a picture to grasp from these verses. When Satan runs evil thoughts by us, we are to turn off those thoughts and think about helping others—not only with our hands, but with our minds and our mouths too. There is a saying so true, which is: “We are what we think, not what we think we are.” When we think about what we can do to be compassionate, we can then speak and act with compassion. When we think about what we can do to be kind, humble, gentle and patient, we will then be all of these wonderful things and fulfill the law of God. In all these things, ℹ️love is the bottom line. We can successfully carry out all God’s wonderful fruits of the Spirit when we think, and act, with love (Gal. 5:22-23).

Another matter of the heart is peace. Colossians 3:15 talks about peace ruling in our heart. Peace rules when we think peaceful thoughts. However, one may constantly think of how evil the world is becoming. This is true; this is a fact. But we need to think on how we can make the world a better place by showing love—saying good words and doing good works (actions) toward others for God. We can be assured that our Lord is fulfilling His prophecies, and we can think of all the positive things happening to make this all come about.

One way I keep peace in my heart, is I love to listen to good, uplifting music. ℹ️(To hear some of Karren’s original gospel songs click here) It makes my thoughts very pleasant. Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in our hearts to God.”  I’d say that about sums it up perfectly!

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