Keep A Tender Heart
What is the condition of your heart?
Life brings with it all kinds of experiences. How we handle the ups and downs of life affects the condition of our heart. Heart damage often happens in difficult times. If we are not careful, hard circumstances can produce hardness on the inside of us.
When our hearts are hardened, bad things happen to us. We shut ourselves off from God and others. We become emotionally numb and cold. Our attitudes are critical, skeptical and cynical. Our perspective of people and life is jaded. We lose sensitivity to God, to our own conscience and to other people. We stop giving. We stop caring. We also stop growing. Hard-hearted people are sour and unpleasant.
One of the most important things we can do in life is to keep a tender heart. God tells us to make this a priority:
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
” … ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.’” – Hebrews 4:7
” … be kind to each other, tenderhearted … ” – Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
How do we keep our heart tender? Here are a few suggestions:
A tender heart is a great asset in life. It makes us responsive to God. It also positions us to be used by Him.
What is the condition of your heart — hard or tender?
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