Keep your heart “Open For (Spiritual) Business”

When you open up your heart, love rushes in open flushes out anger, bitterness, guilt and the hurtful things that enslave you. Open-hearted love doesn’t mean unconditional approval. An open heart can deeply care about people while strongly disagreeing with them.

Your heart is a terrible thing to shut down. (Be courageous and keep it open.)
It’s hard to be happy when your heart is closed down.

Faithful Christ-followers connect heart-to-heart, even with Christ-followers from people-groups they’ve been taught to reject. Open hearts connect. Closed hearts collide and shut out caring, empathy, and compassion.

To try to be a Christian with your heart closed to certain people-groups is like trying to see with your eyes closed. To put walls in your heart is to build a foundation for loneliness.

To open your heart to beautiful healing try this: Sincerely confess your own wrongdoing and forgive those who have wronged you.

Some people have a huge sign, hanging on their body language, reading: “MY HEART IS CLOSED!”

Without inner light, a darkened heart creates discouragement and depression. Jesus said that God is unseen yet “sees what is done in secret.” Open your heart to the One who knows all your secrets. Church should facilitate people connecting heart-to-heart with Christ and with one another.

Entertainment isn’t innocent; it shapes us. It can uplift or it can corrupt. It can open or shut your heart. Don’t let it fill your thoughts and heart with evil!

The use of coercion and/or meanness toward others reveals a lack of faith in Christ, which involves “speaking the truth in love.” Jesus and His dynamic presence in us unites all who continually follow and obey Him, overriding the barriers between us.

If you consume media full of depressing food for your mind and heart (negativity, disrespect, violence, vulgarity) you will be opening yourself up to depression.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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