Guest post from Misty Leask
What our hearts tell us is not always to be trusted. God’s word reminds us that our hearts are “deceitful and desperately wicked”. It is important to remember this throughout every day. Our emotions often drive the state of our heart and mind. If we do not pay attention to what our hearts are focused on, then often we will find ourselves a midst a sea of emotions.
Keeping Our Hearts in the Right Place:
The world would have us to focus on ourselves. How we feel, what we want, our “needs” and “desires”, etc. It is very easy to get caught up in the me-isms of this present world. Honestly, our human hearts would like nothing better.
While our hearts and the world would have us look out for ourselves, I remember who made me, who loves me and who I want to be like.
Looking at the greatest example of love, Jesus, I find compassion, grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness . . . all shown through servant-hood. Compassion for the woman found in adultery, grace and mercy for all mankind, love for His mother at Calvary, and forgiveness for Peter who denied Him thrice.
Jesus never looked out for Himself. His life had purposed. His heart was focused on the will of His Father.
Focusing on ourselves is not going to make a difference in the world. It won’t make us feel good for long, and it won’t bring us satisfaction at the end of our days.
Our hearts must be kept in the right place, and that place is God’s will. We must look to Him for direction for our lives. It is through His direction that we will find the right place for us.
Once we have received God’s direction, we must daily keep our mind focused and our hearts in tune with God’s will.
Keeping our hearts in the right place is dependent on remaining steadfast in the Lord. To do this you must daily be in God’s Word and communicate with Jesus in prayer.
This process is something that we must repeat every day. The world is not perfect, and our human hearts will try to pull us away. It is imperative that our strength and direction be renewed daily by the Lord. We can not stand alone, and we will not be able to keep our hearts in the right place by ourselves.
Seek the Lord daily and serve Him alone. Doing this will keep your heart in the right place.
Any tips you can share to help us all keep our heart and focus where it should be and off of where it should not?
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