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December 12, 2018

Open Your Heart: Part 3

“I Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.  Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!” Jude 1:1-2 (MSG) 

Jude urges us to open our hearts wide to God.  It’s the wide-open heart that experiences the fullness of the life and love God offers.  To open our hearts, we must affirm the goodness of God’s heart. When we do that, we are free to take the next step and reveal the wound in our hearts to God. Hiding our wounds prevents healing.  Yet, that’s exactly what Adam and Eve did when they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit.  They tried to hide from God and, then, covered up their shame.  That’s when the great “cover-up” began!  Later, King David, tried the same thing.  Covering the wounds of our heart never works. It only masks the hurt we feel, and we turn to some substitute to numb the pain.  Revealing the wounds in our heart starts the healing.  When David opened his heart wide to God and began to reveal his pain, he wrote:

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 (NIV)

David realized that no amount of sacrifice or human effort could heal the wound sin had caused in his heart.  His heart was broken.  The truth is, we are all broken.  Everyone has a wounded heart.  Here’s the good news.  The Bible says,

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Healing begins when we reveal the wound in our heart to God.  The pain is real.  Grieving the wounds of your heart brings healing.  It’s a healing grief. There’s a time to weep that is healthy.  Jesus wept.  The Bible says that He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  Don’t waste your sorrows.  Grief takes time.  The battle for your healing began 2,000 years ago on a cross where Jesus died of a broken heart for you and me. Because He took our sorrows, Jude says,

“Relax, everything is going to be alright.”  Jude 1:a (MSG)

It may seem all wrong at the moment; but, when we reveal the wound in our heart to God, He says everything is going to be alright!  One day, everything will be alright!  One day, sin and sickness, death and disease will be no more!  One day, every wrong will be made right!  Maybe you just need to shout this promise in your heart, “Relax, everything is going to be alright!”