I am closing off chatting about the fear factor with one of the least discussed triggers for causing fear…. HARD HEARTEDNESS.
More than unforgiveness, a hard heart is one that is harboring hatred, which likes to mask itself in fear to redirect your attention so you won’t take a closer look at your heart.
But friend, we cannot live free with a hard heart, or with hatred hiding within us.
By nurturing the initial negative situation, an almost imprenetrable wall builds to protect this unholy growth.
Like cancer, it only takes one small cell of unforgiveness to go unchecked, and multiple, until the negative effect becomes visible in the rest of the body. Showing up in our responses, our fears, our words and tones. Simply put, a sinful root fanned into flame which the enemy can use against us.
Like the Israelites when they left Egypt, it can start with a whine, looking for what we are longing for without listening to the One waiting and wanting to provide for us.
“So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes.” Hebrews 3:12 MSG
Friend, if you find your heart is no longer soft towards someone, ask Him to help soften your heart again. Confess your hurts, welcome His presence within to clean house, and celebrate as He softens and replaces that hard heart with His love.
He gets where you are coming from, He doesn’t want to see part of you living hurt back there in the past.
Worship: “Broken Vessels” by @hillsongworship https://youtu.be/LLIJxrJoWOk