Heart noun: One’s mood or feeling. Courage or enthusiasm. The central or innermost part of something. The vital part or essence.

Whether we realize it or not our heart, is a vital part of our life. I think in some ways that is why we go to such great lengths to protect it. We can even allow it to become calloused when we don’t want to feel anything. We try to protect it from hurt, fear, rejection, hopelessness and pain. Our hearts can get caught up in the troubles and burdens that life brings. A lost job, a broken relationship, a huge mistake that we made a long time ago and we are still carrying the weight of it. We can allow our current mistakes to pile on the huge mistake we made long ago and let our heart sink into despair.

But, there is good news in all of this, our heart can be a part of seeing our greatest triumphs. If we allow it to function in the way that it was created and what it was designed for. Our heart was created by the One who is love. He came to show us how valuable we are to Him by giving up His life and dying for us. His Name Is Jesus. God created our hearts to love and be loved. He also knows the circumstances that have tried to hinder us from receiving His love. He knows that there is an enemy in this world that would seek to steal, kill and destroy us. Even in the midst of knowing these things, Jesus said this in John 16, I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. Take Heart! As you trust Him, He will be with you in those difficulties and help you come through it victoriously.

Sometimes, we may feel that we are deserving of bad things coming into our lives because we think that God is punishing us for the wrong that we have done. Probably one of the biggest things that can hinder one from receiving His love is condemnation. But, if we have asked forgiveness for what we have done, the scripture says that He (God) will remember our sins no more. It says in Romans 3 It is is God’s righteousness made visible through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. And now all who believe in Him receive that gift. For there is really no difference between us for we all have sinned and are in need of the glory of God. Yet through His powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away His righteousness. His gift of love and favor now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from guilt, punishment, and power of sin. Colossians 1:20-23 says, And by the blood of His cross, everything in heaven and earth is restored brought back to Himself–back to it’s original intent, restored to innocence again! Even though you were distant from Him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected you back to Himself. He released His supernatural peace to you through the sacrifice of His own body as the sin-payment on your behalf so that you would dwell in His presence. And now there is nothing between you and Father God, for He sees you as holy, flawless and restored! Continue to advance in faith, assured of a firm foundation to grow upon. Never be shaken from the hope of the gospel you have believed in.

I would like to share with you one last scripture. It is found in 1 John 3 it says this,

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.  And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ.

In this scripture it is clear that all God is asking of us is to believe in Him. I love how these verses address that we can shut down the debilitating self-criticism toward ourselves. Despite the mistakes we have made, He is greater and the amazing thing is that you no longer have to let your heart condemn you for those mistakes. He has made your heart pure and as you trust and believe in Him He will work all things together for good. He is faithful to His word. He has a future and a hope for you.

My prayer for you today is that you will put your faith in the One who created you and your heart. I pray that you would no longer allow your heart to condemn you in knowing that God does not condemn you. I pray that you would be free from condemnation and that you would know that He loves you and is for you. He is not holding your mistakes against you. He will turn around what the enemy has meant for harm for your good.