How Can We Describe Our Heart?
Our human hearts are like soil. Things grow there - thoughts, ideas, and attitudes. Some of the things that grow are good, and some are not. Even in the most beautiful gardens and flower beds, weeds grow and need to be pulled so the good plants can be healthy. Moreover, even in the rockiest places, where there's no dirt to be seen, plants find ways to grow. However, they can't survive heavy storms, and they won't grow without roots.
Heart "soil" can change. Even hard and rocky hearts can be transformed into gentle and loving hearts. Dry and dusty hearts can be changed into joyful and kind hearts. Weedy hearts can be changed into clean and pure hearts.
What kinds of things do you think might cause a heart to be rocky? What might cause a heart to be shallow? What things fill a heart with weeds and thorns?
What needs to change about the "soil" of your heart? I think it’s a good idea to evaluate our heart daily.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 is telling us in all circumstances to guard and protect our heart from the temptations of the world. We need to keep it soft and pliable.
Even healthy soil needs tending - weeding, fertilizing, and mulching. How do you tend the soil of your heart? What tending do you still need?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
We can't change our hearts on our own. Only God can make that kind of change, which he promises to do if we give up control and trust him to work in our lives.
May God bless you as you daily evaluate heart with the Holy Spirit as your Guide.