Today's journey is about learning to love God with all your heart. Have you ever been in church and one of the songs you had to sing included a verse about surrendering all or giving God your all? If you're like me, there's a lot that goes on in my heart! How can I give God all of it?
My heart can be a place of joy, passion, or at times it can be filled with sadness, depression or even coldness. Other times I find myself visiting skeletons that I've swept away to hide, or things I'm not ready to lose control over. Most recently I've filled my heart with anger. Not just any type of anger, but a kind that produces bitterness and unforgiveness. How can I live a strong life if I can't keep my heart right? How can I love Him with all my heart so that I can produce love for others?
It's these times when we must approach our relationship with God as that of a best friend. You ever have that hard conversation with a friend about something that wasn't sitting right between you both? Maybe you were feeling slightly offended by something your friend said to you. Isn't there a sense of relief when you have that strong, nonjudgmental friendship that allows for honesty? A relationship where you can communicate, even if it's sloppy. This is the kind of relationship God wants with you!
"No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." John 15:15
There's times when I've screamed at the top of my lungs while driving in my car when I have been frustrated with my circumstances. I did this because I was filled with anger because I didn't feel protected under God's wing. I needed God's intervention and I needed it fast! It's at those moments of "craziness" when I feel like I'm able to get out everything I need to in a way that is satisfying. It's ok to communication your needs with God in this way. He desires to have an open friendship. He wants to know you need Him.
I may not agree with everything God allows in my life, but I always know He has my best interest at hand. It might not be apparent to me today, but I know He's molding me, preparing me, and watching me grow so I may walk through that open door placed just for me. Don't be afraid to ask God to reveal what's in your heart. That's the only way we are going to make enough room to love HIM with ALL your heart.
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"Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city." Proverbs 16:32