I have several good friends who suffer from heart disease. The physical condition of our hearts is important to our physical well being. If our hearts are not functioning 100%, we find our lives and activities directly impacted by the degree of the damage. We all know we need to eat right and exercise consistently to maintain a healthy heart. Our genetic make-up also impacts the health of our hearts. How my non-runner friends loved to point out the famous runner and author of books about running, James Fixx, died from a heart attack. I have left those running days behind, but still exercise my heart almost every day.
The emotional condition of our hearts is directly related to our ability to love. My broken heart vowed, at one point, to never allow anyone to touch my heart again. I erected a tall wall---built a steep moat---and put up a razor wire fence around my heart to protect it from pain and injury. With time--my heart has healed---but the scar will remain forever. The wonderful thing about our bodies is that scars build stronger connective tissue. As I slowly began to stretch out the scar tissue and flex the love muscle by opening my heart to new relationships, I discovered a wonderful thing---with my willingness to love--my ability to love has grown to new heights. By adding the weight of new relationships, my emotional heart has grown stronger and my capacity to love has expanded to new levels. What I would have missed, if I had kept the bandage on and refused to heal!
The spiritual condition of my heart is the most important aspect of a healthy heart. By opening myself to a deeper more intimate relationship with The Father, He has shown me how to strengthen the emotional condition of my heart. The creator and author of love has taught me new depths and heights of this thing called love. The condition of my heart is a reflection of the greatness of His love. As I look to Him, I pray He will continue to show me, teach me, and grow meto a new level of heart health---as I love Him as He first loved me.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.