There is a Christian comedian/blogger, John Crist, who uses the catch phrase “Check your heart.” He uses it on social media to make people laugh. For example, he posted a girl’s battery usage of the last 24 hours from her phone. The #1 usage was Snapchat at 41% and the app with the least amount of usage was her Bible app at 1%. He circled both of them and tagged it #checkyourheart. Obviously, it is supposed to be funny, but I feel like as Christians we NEED to check our heart every day. God wants us to have a soft heart so we can be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and hear Him when He speaks to us. I have to be diligent in this or I can start heading down the wrong path and start wondering why I am so irritable. I am irritable because I haven’t been purposed in spending time with God and checking in with Him regarding the status of my heart. When you take the time to ask God how your heart is, He will speak to you. He will show you the hardness of your heart and He will give you the tools to fix it.
This is the great thing about our God. He doesn’t expect us to figure this all out on our own. He wants us to come to Him and ask for His help. He also wants to walk with us through it. For me, it is so comforting that I don’t have to do this alone. I was actually spending some time with God the other morning, and I was asking Him if there was anyone I wasn’t loving well or if my heart was hardened toward anyone. And in that moment, He reminded me of a person in my life that I make excuses why I can’t love them the way I am supposed to. God reminded me in that moment, very lovingly but also very boldly, it doesn’t matter what they have done, and it doesn’t matter how they have treated me. “If you really trust Me and love Me, then you will show them love so they can see ME through you.” Friends, this is why the two greatest commandments are loving God and loving others. We can’t love others well, if we don’t first really love God.
This week, I challenge you to spend time with God every day, asking Him to check your heart. He will humble you and challenge you in the most loving way. I am praying that we can be people who love well.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:2 NIV