Tending the Garden of your heart

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Scripture teaches us to "guard our hearts. This is because the substance of our lives flows forth from the heart, the deepest part of us. We have the responsibility of taking care of what God has given to us. This applies to many things in life/But the greets responsibility that we have is in our very own lives. No one else is going to take care of the garden of your life. No one else can make the decisions that concern your life. We are the navigator of our own souls. We call the shots and make the choices.

If we know the Lord, the foundational decision is to surrender our lives to Him. But after that there still remains a lot left in the wisdom department of God's storehouse that we need to access in order to take care of our lives in this life. The first revelation we need to get is that we are individually going to have to take responsibility of our "own house" before God. So we are the house cleaners. Proverbs talks about cleansing our own hearts in Proverbs 4:23; "Keep your hearts with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." And in 2 Corinthians 7:1; Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness unto God."

Every piece of real estate has boundary lines. In the same way we all need to define our boundaries. We have all experienced "trespassers" onto our property. Jesus said "…Forgive us our trespassers as we forgive those who trespass against us." We trespass in other people's lives in ignorance many times. But when there is a trespass it's moving into territory that is not yours and has the potential, and most always does, cause hurt in some ones life So in relationships it's important that we communicate with grace and wisdom. Many things that we "see in others, to the point that we want to tell them about it, is better utilized in the place of prayer. Then if the other party opens the door for a person's input, it's their choice and not forced on them. So it's healthy for all of us to have borders and to know where they are so that we are not caught up in a loop of pain and hurt, circling around the same mountain again and again. There is a place of healing, restoration and recovery.

In the church, many people feel more obligated "spiritually gifted" or "highly respected people." There is a trap in this. There are many anointed, popular and gifted people in the body of Christ. But this doesn't mean that there is character just because there is gifting or popularity. Many times people are impressed with the anointing and gifting and suppose that every thing must be good because of this. This may not be true at all. A gift is a gift. So a person can receive a gift in Jesus Christ, but it takes time to develop character. You can learn how to receive gifts from God, but not grow correspondingly in character and wisdom. There is grace for maturity. God is not going to wait until you grow up to give y ou His gifts. If that wee the case, then none of us would receive any gist because we are all still maturing. We all stumble in many ways, but if we gain control over our tongue there is hope. We are lovers of God growing in maturity.

If there are people in your life that you keep in the cycle of pain and hurt, you need to examine the situation,, seed God Through worship, prayer, meditate on His word and He will speak to you about some adjustments that can be and/or should be made.

1. Establish boundaries: Psalm 147:14

2. Receive revelation of the Truth of God's Word to bring deeper levels of freedom: John 8:32-33

3. Surround yourself with people of faith and wisdom: Proverbs 21:20

4. Give yourself space to breathe and make your own decisions: Matthew 15:29-30