What is stone heart syndrome? Well, a stone heart can come from many sources, and certainly in this world filled with mean people, it’s easy to see how a person can have stone heart syndrome. How many times can a person be hurt before their heart turns to stone? Well, as a wise person once said… that is up to the individual. You can choose to take the hurt and save it and let future hurts add to that one until they stack up and the heart turns to stone. But the better choice is to let go of the hurt. How? Pray and cry out to God. Tell Him everything, holding nothing back (He knows it all anyway). Ask Him to take your hurt… every bit of it.
They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved.” Acts 16:31
Once you’ve rid yourself of all the pain and the hurt, ask God to give you something much better. He will because He loves you so much! He wants to give you a longing for the things He longs for… the fruits of HIS precious Holy Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Regardless of education or experience, it’s true that only God can change your heart – from a heart of stone that keeps others at arm’s length, to a heart of flesh that has genuine compassion and a sense of empathy for other people. God loves people more than anything. We should too. It’s not a quality that comes easily for some of us. I’ve found that there are ministries for we introverts too. When I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do, just one word came to me. Encourage.
Do I have to encourage others in person? Well… no I don’t. I can encourage through social media – in my groups and on my pages. I can encourage with a card or a phone call. I don’t skype, but that’s certainly another way to encourage someone. We all need encouragement once in a while. I’m just so thankful that God can use me in that way for His glory!
Let His truth transform you. Let His words conform you. Let His Spirit indwell you. Let His love restore you. Kick the hurt to the curb and allow the Lord to give you His joy, peace and love. Find Him and hold Him close because He will never fail you. 🙂