If others could look into our hearts, what would they see?

If others could look into our hearts, what would they see?

Would they see their names written on the walls of our hearts with love and care? Or would they find a cold, dark room?

16/06/20233 min

By ActiveChristianity

If others could look into our hearts, what would they see?

4 min

In the days of Jesus, people did not see an outward glory in Jesus' life. But if the door of His heart had suddenly been opened, they would have seen the great glory that was in there.

What would people see if they could suddenly look into our hearts, into our thought life?

The walls of your heart

Would the hearts of your enemies become soft if they could look into the prayer room of your heart and see their names written there with love and care? Or would they only find the names of your own family members and a few others written there? Would they look into a dark and cold room, or would they see and feel a blessed heavenly peace?

Would they see the walls of your heart covered with all kinds of idols just like the elders of Israel did as we read in Ezekiel 8:10 and Ezekiel 14:3? Or would they see the walls covered with the laws of love and righteousness, written with Jesus’ own hand, and would they see the Father and the Son sitting at your side having fellowship with you? (Hebrews 10:16; John 14:23; Revelation 3:20.)

Above all else, guard your heart

Unfortunately, there are many people with dark and dangerous hearts. All sorts of ugly things come out when they leave the door to their hearts open just a little bit. It is as if there are poisonous snakes inside that squeeze out through the door and spray their deadly poison everywhere. It would be good if such hearts had large warning signs outside, warning everyone to stay far away, because it is very dangerous for anyone who comes close to such a heart.

A place of peace

But the good news is that our hearts don’t need to become or remain like this. Instead, we should do as we are told in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” In another translation (GNT) it is written as such: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”

Yes, God can do great things with a human being. He can save us. He can make us new. He can change us. He can make our hearts clean and fill our hearts with the most precious things. Our hearts can be a home of peace in the midst of this restless world that is full of worries. Our heart can be a place that no power on earth can enter or destroy against our will.

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This article is based on an article by Aksel J. Smith which first appeared under the title “The dwelling place of our heart” in BCC’s periodical "Skjulte Skatter" (Hidden Treasures) in September 1947. It has been translated from the Norwegian and is adapted with permission for use on this website.

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