A Tender Heart

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Has God given you a tender heart? Do you cry easily? Are you sensitive? Do you hurt when others hurt? Does your heart break over other people’s trials and tribulations? Do you get really emotional when you hear of something sad? Are you a little embarrassed about this? A little ashamed? Feel like being this way is a burden? Wish you had a thicker skin? A tougher skin? A harder heart? That you wouldn’t be so sensitive? That your heart wasn’t so tender? That you could be like lots of other people and not feel like you could fall into a million pieces over someone else’s heartbreak, or grieve over the ever-worsening state of this world? Oh, friend, I have such encouragement for you!

I am so incredibly sensitive. I am so easily emotional. I grieve over the state of this world. I hurt when others do. I could cry listening to someone’s hard story. I sob my heart out every once in a while thinking of all the tough, heartbreaking stories people have shared with me as I do my streets ministry work. But I have come to see having a tender heart is a GIFT FROM GOD to be USED FOR GOD and that I must place in HIS HAND to be USED FOR HIS GLORY! Oh, please do the same. And let me explain.

We can use our tender hearts God has given us, our big sensitivity, TO LOVE AND SERVE THE LORD AND OTHERS or we can be self-centered and become consumed with ourselves and our feelings as I SELFISHLY DID FOR DECADES. When we use our tender hearts for the Lord Jesus Christ, the sensitivity we have can be used to HELP US LOVE, PRAY, ENCOURAGE, CARE FOR, SHOW COMPASSION TO, BE MERCIFUL TOWARD, SHOW SENSITIVTY TO, GIVE TO, BE GENEROUS TOWARD, etc. others.

This world is in dire need of THE LORD, of TURNING TO THE LORD, of RETURNING TO THE LORD, of SURRENDERING TO THE LORD AND HIS WAYS, and of HIS LOVE including HIS LOVE MANIFESTED IN HIS CHILDREN AND EXPRESSED THROUGH US.

A tender heart when placed in the hands of Christ enables us to love, pray for, help, inspire, encourage, bless, support, and show compassion toward a world in dire need of Jesus and His love with an extreme sensitivity.

Oh, friend, place your tender heart in Jesus’ hands for Jesus’ sake. And don’t turn inward with your tender heart. Turn upward to the Lord and outward to a world in exceeding need of God almighty and His unfathomable love, oh yes! AMEN!

Oh, Father, take every tender heart on this earth and use it for your glory! Help all of us who are so very sensitive to see the sensitivity as a gift from you to be used for you and for others. Oh, may it be so, oh Lord, AMEN!

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

God gives believers in the Lord Jesus Christ a “heart of flesh.” Some of us have super sensitive ones, don’t we? Oh, let this be to the glory of Christ, AMEN!

 

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