You know, many times throughout our lives we find that most of our pain and suffering has to deal with matters of the heart. It seems very hard to deal with such matters in a short period of time. It seems that time is needed. Much time, even years. No matter how you view it, many people feel that it may take at least a year to overcome or “get over” an offense that deals with matters of the heart whether it is a broken relationship or something that scarred you from school and/or childhood. We have seen that many people are still dealing with issues in their 30’s even 40’s.
Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”? We know that’s not true. The Bible tells us that from the tongue flows death and life(Proverbs 18:21), so this old cliche is definitely wrong. Words do hurt and even kill. Words That go to our heart and depending on what words are used, can build or destroy.
When it comes to matters of the heart, the heart of the matter is forgiveness. Yes forgiveness. Jesus said to forgive so that you may be forgiven.(Luke 6:37) The key is forgiveness. We must forgive the offender, the offense, and most importantly, our self. Forgiveness gives us freedom. It allows us to break free from the shackles of oppression, hurt, pain, doubt and suffering. You may notice over time that what ever is bothering you seems to never go away, especially if it is a matter of the heart. So when it comes to matters of the heart, the heart of the matter is forgiveness. Marriages can be saved and/or enhanced. Friendships, relationships of all kinds are much better with forgiveness in the heart. Freedom!
We are much stronger with forgiveness in our hearts. That which was holding us back is broken. The chains are loosed, you can get out of the mud and move forward and most importantly, prosper. God gave us the key. It is forgiveness. Have matters dealing with your heart? Well the heart of the matter is FORGIVENESS!