Hard Hearts and Broken Dreams

When you give Jesus your Broken Heart Day 3

My niece and I in sweet embrace

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

Ezekiel 36:26 NIV

When you give Jesus your broken heart, there is an exchange that happens. Often when our heart has been hurt or broken, we start to build a brick wall around it so that it won’t be hurt again. In the process, it becomes hard and the people who want to love you, continually come up against this resistance. 

But we were created to be recipients of love. We are hard wired for love. Love is a part of our DNA that needs to be nurtured and nourished. 

Jesus is able to take your rusted, callous, and impenetrable heart and replace it with a heart that is soft towards Him. 

But maybe you are like me.. maybe you’re afraid of allowing people to see your vulnerability. Maybe you feel like you’re protected from harm if you keep your heart hard. It’s hard to believe, (because I’m such a vulnerable and emotional person now) that I used to show very little emotion and be very closed off. 

The root cause of this was found as I asked God one day to show me what vows I had made against my father. One of those vows was that “he would never see me cry.” That was a thought I had as he came to give me a hiding one day as an adolescent girl, wanting to distance myself from this man who only caused me pain. 

Years later I discovered that my inability to show emotion, to get enthusiastic, or to cry and empathise with others, was because this vow I had made extended beyond my father and to anyone that came close to me. 

But Jesus changed all that. When I finally gave Him my heart, not just as an invitation to invite Him into it when I received Him, but as a token of my appreciation of His grace, He gave me a heart of flesh. 

With a heart of flesh, I know Him more. I receive His love and grace even though I know I don’t deserve it. I can be open to the things that He is calling me to step into. I can be weak and know that He is my strength. Most of all, He can use me in greater ways because I don’t resist every attempt people make to connect with me. 

Jesus came to bring reconciliation and connection. Its so important to Him that He died for it. He doesn’t just want you to be connected to Him but He wants to be able to pour His love into your heart so you can pour it out into others. 

Today, I challenge you to offer up your heart as a token of appreciation for the grace God has shown you. Its more than an invitation for Him to enter in, its extending your heart out to Him so that its no longer yours, but its fully His. 

Let’s pray. 

Father God, thank you that you love us. Thank you that you died on the Cross as an expression of that love. Today, help us to die to our own desires to take control of our hearts. Help us to not keep them hardened against the things that you desire to place in us. Soften my heart God and in my vulnerable state, help me remember that my heart in your hand, is the safest place it can be. I receive your love and grace for me in that place today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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