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A Heart That is Wounded—Cries Loudly Through Actions

He was a dear brother! His nickname: Mustard Seed. He walked with God in a way that Sadie most admired, and he heard from the Lord in a manner she deeply desired for herself. Sadie greatly respected her brother’s love for Jesus, his love for his wife, and his love for others. Yet, one thing with which she struggled was the brother’s readiness to confront issues within her life, even though he did so in grace and love.

One day, Sadie was met by her brother’s  assertion that arrested her attention to a matter she had tried hard to avoid. The topic? An unhealed heart. The brother had recognized a bruised soul in his sister that was producing unwarranted behavior. Yet instead of listening to wise counsel, Sadie immediately refuted such claims. Her actions were reflecting her true heart’s condition way more than any words she offered in defense to the brother’s discovery.

“As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man” (Proverbs 27:19).

When a heart goes unattended and untreated, it will eventually reflect its true condition.

No matter the mask we attempt to put on—or the outward apparel we drape around us—in order to look our best, God sees our hearts. Before the brother had ever spoken to Sadie about her fractured heart, the Holy Spirit had already revealed the issue.

“For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7-b).

God will always pursue the heart in order to heal the heart.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

God knows when our hearts are bleeding inside from wounds. He sees the sections of our souls that are sourced as burial sites holding undealt issues long submerged. Yet, God desires to resurrect those hurts in order to place His balm of Gilead, Jesus Himself, on the root of the cause.  

When the Holy Spirit reveals areas in your heart needing attention, listen to Him and be obedient to what He is asking you to do. What you may be ignoring repeatedly may be the one thing hindering God’s work in your life. Do not let pride stop you from bending a knee to your healing. God is only a call away. Let Him in, let Him work, and let Him heal.

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Point to Remember: Instead of deeming those Mustard Seeds (Christian brothers or sisters) as bothersome, view them as instruments in God’s hands. For the Lord may use each one to reveal things to which our pride has long blinded us.

Written by: O’Shea

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