We carry our past with us throughout every season of life. Our minds dwell either backward or forward. We look into our past and living in the future. Therefore, living mindfully in our present moments becomes difficult. The chaos within our minds shifts from past regret to thoughts on future dreams. So, we live in a realm of fear of making the same mistakes that we made in our past and the fear of a future that is unknown. How can we live our best life if we live from a basis of fear? We must access the love of God and allow His love to consume our thoughts and our hearts, allowing it to flush out all fear that resides within.
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Guard Your Heart
To guard your heart does not mean to build walls that harbor resentment and anger towards others, especially those who have hurt you. Instead, it means to welcome forgiveness in your heart. It means to love others without expectations because when you expect nothing in return, you cannot be easily disappointed.
Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
As the scriptures say, everything that you do derives from your heart’s desires. Thus you must guard your heart and not allow anger to brew resentment and bitterness that leads to a lack of joy. Anger leads to discontentment and the inability to experience gratitude for the things that you do have—it is blinding. Guard your heart by adjusting your expectations and understanding that we are all flawed beings.
Romans 3:23-24, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
God created us all in the perfection of His love. He created us even before our debut on earth. He knew we’d be imperfect, but He created us in His perfect love wired us for love and not fear. Fear is something that we learn along the way on our journey in this world. We must learn to dwell in God’s love through the scriptures by understanding its depths. Only when was access the love of the Father can we learn to love who we are because we are a facet of who He is—an extension of His beauty and grace. Furthermore, when we possess this kind of love, then we can accept others and learn not to expect anything. We all have our shortcomings, and our humanity makes us flawed indeed.
Let us walk in the realm of the now enjoying each moment, knowing that our lives have an expiration date. We must walk with a heart devoted to God and continuous cycles of forgiveness. Only then, can we tap into God’s love and learn to love others with a love that is void of expectations without boundaries—unconditional.
Until next time,