Saturday, January 25, 2014

Opening Your Heart to Love

Some people build up walls. People that have been hurt somehow often construct these gigantic walls blocking people from getting to close. Walls that don't allow love in or don't allow love out.

"Sometimes you put up walls not to keep anyone out but to see who cares enough to break them down."

This is a very popular quote. I hear it and see it all the time. It's typically used for relationship problems, romantically and just life in general. I can't help but read it and think you have it all wrong. Every person has to learn how to open their heart to love. If you don't, you want make it very far, especially if you are a Christian. 

There is lots of things in this life that a Christian should by all means keep their heart guarded from, but love is not one. 

God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:5

God has poured out His love into our hearts! How could our heart not be overflowing with love and willing to receive. God intended for it to be an open vessel. If you are putting "walls" up or "guarding your heart from love" you are going against the grain of the plan of God!

9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15: 9-13

God just really lays this whole love plan out here in John. 

I love you like the Father loves me. Remain in this love. If you obey my commands you will remain in this love. I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in His love. I tell you this so that your joy will be complete. Now, this is my command I was talking about: Love each other with this same love I love you, the love my Father loves me with. 

See the heart it's an open vessel like a told you up above. God pours his love into your heart. This perfect non wordly, pure, fulfing, heavenly love. Whew, who wouldn't want some of that?!? It's the same love He , the Father, the Creator of the Universe, loves Jesus with. To remain in this love and keep this love a flowing all we have to do is in return love. Love purely, unintentional, with out expectation, whole heartedly, love.

So don't build up walls. Don't build up walls in romantical relationships or uncertain new friendships. I know everyone gets burned at least once (probably a lot more than that for the average single girl) in this jaded anti Jesus world, but closing your heart off to people is not exactly what Jesus intended. The wall thing it's not biblical. It's not what God wanted. Don't even say that saying. It goes against everything Jesus was for.

Receive God's love He is pouring into your heart. Open your heart to God's love and other people's love. Then let the love flow. Love people you don't want to love. Love people you get a sketchy filling about. Love people that it's hard to love. Love the people you are the closest to. Love Jesus. He doesn't build up walls you have to climb. We shouldn't either.

Thanks for reading :)

Mary Sellers

5 comments:

  1. Loved this devotion Mary Catherine and it was MUCH needed for me today! I can do nothing but God can! Pamela Britt Malone

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  2. I LOVE this word. It is so true! I am constantly amazed at the magnitude of God's love, and I realize that if I could return even a fraction of that love to the people around me, it would make an incredible difference. It is my constant prayer that my heart would be an open vessel, giving and receiving, craving and sharing the agape love my Heavenly Father has given me.

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  3. "Love Jesus. He doesn't build up walls we have to climb. We shouldn't either."
    This statement here hit it home for me. The realization that Jesus doesn't require us to fight for his love- His amazing love that has the power to heal, to save, to change lives- yet we feel our love is something to be gained or earned by others. What makes our love more special than Jesus'?? Thank you for that statement- you may have altered the very way I live my life and give my love to others. Eye opening and humbling, for sure.

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  4. Thank you for the comments :) It truly touched my heart and encouraged me :)

    Mary Sellers

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  5. Great reading! We love you Mary Sellers. You are a very sweet and Godly woman. You and Anthony and Sheppard are such a blessing to me and my family. We love y'all.

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