“Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.” OLAF
By Karissa Hagemeister, EIC
Melting a Frozen Heart
To care for another person is a very simple but overly complicated thing. Caring for someone else can be a small gesture, like getting the mail for them, or making them a meal. Too often, we are wrapped up in our excessively busy lives that we are not able to put aside just a few minutes to care for or help someone else. Philippians 2:4 tells us, ” do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” That is a nice way of saying, the world is not all about you, care for those around you. You have been given a special responsibility to love and care for those that have been placed in your life. They are a gift.
This is especially true when it comes to taking care of our family. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that if we cannot even take the time to care for our own family, then we are worse off than an unbeliever. Why is that? Well, caring and loving go hand in hand. And God is love. So if we say that we are a believer, than the God of love is living inside of us. His love is to be shown through us to the world around us. The first place we should start is our family, the people we live with. If we cannot even love and care for them, then we are lying to ourselves, saying that the God of love lives within us.
This is a scary thing to lie to yourself about. If you tell yourself that you are a believer, a follower, of Christ but truly you are not, you will go through this life wrongfully believing that you will go to Heaven when you die. When that time comes, you will find yourself in a much different place than you expected.
You see, you cannot just wear the name “Believer,” “Christian,” or “Follower of Jesus.” Your life must reflect that to be true. Matthew 7:16, Jesus says, ” You will know them (the true believers) by their fruit.” The fruits that Jesus is referring to are found in Galatians 5:22-23 “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control.”
Caring is not listed in the fruits above but the definition of caring is to show kindness and concern for others. That falls into several of those categories.
If we are too busy to care for others, if we are not producing the fruits of the spirit in our life, the consequences will be great. Proverbs 21:13 says, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.” That could mean that your cry will not be answered on earth, or once you leave this earth.
Those that are true followers of Christ have a heart that cares for others because they have allowed Christ to melt the hardness brought on by the world’s trouble. With a soft, gentle heart they reach the world around them because they care for others, and they use the fruits of the spirit to do us.
I challenge you to examine your life, your heart and check for signs of caring or not caring. Where do you tend to lean more to? Take some time with Jesus and ask him to melt your heart so that you can be more like him to this hurting world.
May 17, 2019