Thursday, August 11, 2011

Heart Surgery

Just imagine if you were told that you needed heart surgery today...

What would you say?

How would you react?

What would you do?

This morning I found out that I needed to have surgery. Not on my physical heart but on my emotional heart. Not with a metal scalpel but with a two-edged sword. Not by a surgeon's hand but by the healing Word of God.

Printed on the pages of my devotional book this morning...

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)

As I examine my heart today, I become painfully aware of deceitful emotions that need to be removed. Secret motives that need to be repaired. Private thoughts that need to be replaced.

Yep, surgery is required. A decision needs to be made. There is no time to put off.

Will I say yes to the Surgeon? Will I trust His delicate hands? Will I surrender myself into His protective care?

What about you? Do you need surgery too? When you examine your heart what do you see?

Joy or Jealousy

Gratitude or Grumbling

Love or Hatred

Faith or Fear

What are the secret motives that have settled inside your heart? Are their unhealthy rewards you long for? What about the hidden actions that you think no one sees?

He sees.

Yet He still loves.

He wants to repair your heart today.

Will you let Him?

Jesus, Help me to have a heart that is pure. Remove all the broken pieces of pain and loneliness. Replace all my grumbling and discontentment with thankfulness. Carve out any fear and doubt that has woven it's way into the delicate places of my heart. Repair those parts that have been damaged by hatred. And, insert Your joy and peace in all of the hollow spaces of my heart.

Please change my negative emotions and motives. And, let me actions and words not only be honoring to others but most importantly to You. Thank you for my surgery today. Thank you for a new and improve heart. Let it always belong to You...forever and ever!