A Happy Heart?
Is your heart happy today? Was it happy yesterday? How about last week? Last month? Last year? Or perhaps the better question is this – When was the last time your heart hurt? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Last year? You see, we live in a world where there is much suffering and multitudes suffer from a broken heart every day. Yet, how can this be the case in light of the foundation that we, as Christians, are built upon?
“So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,” – Ephesians 2:19-20 (RSVCE)
It seems that such a foundation would guarantee us the golden ticket to a happy heart. Yet, so many Christians suffer heartache and pain. Why so much suffering? Well, I believe we experience suffering because we are a work in progress my friends. We are still being built into a suitable place for God to dwell, all the while being tenderly surrounded by the loving care of the Holy Spirit. And it is through Jesus Christ that we are being built up. This means that every broken heart, every fit of rage, and every moment of lost hope is a part of Christ Jesus. And it is Christ Jesus who desires to carry this pain for us.
“in whom (Christ Jesus) the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:21 (RSVCE)
No More Sin
I believe that if all of humanity really understood the truth of who holds us together, we could no longer give way to sin. We couldn’t allow anger, hate, bitterness, unforgiveness, sadness, anxiety, or anything else that separates us from experiencing full union with the heart of Christ. Such pain could not gain entry into our hearts if our hearts were in full union with his Sacred Heart. Or perhaps I should say that such pain will not gain entry when we fully unite our hearts with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Remember, we are a work in progress. At the appointed time our hearts will be in union with his Sacred Heart; however, we have a bit of work to do in the mean time my friends.
You see, the world wants you to believe that pain and broken hearts are unavoidable, that they are the norm. Such beliefs can leave you feeling alone, without hope, left alone with a hurting heart. That is all a lie – you are never alone, and pain is not your natural state of being. However, you must remember who the ruler of this world is – the one who seeks to create chaos and separation with his many lies and deceptions. Yes, Satan, the god of this world, wants to steal your heart and the happiness God has for you.
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4 (RSVCE)
A Solid Foundation Indeed
Yet, we are built on the solid foundation of the Apostles, prophets and Christ Jesus. So what does this mean? And how can you and I live a life with a happy heart? To begin, we must take note of the fact that the Apostles lived with, and loved Jesus Christ. I can only imagine the internal joy they must have held as a result of this sacred relationship. And then we have our prophets; those men and women, who endured adversity, trial, and brokenheartedness as they delivered God’s message to the people. Through it all, the Apostles and the prophets, (except Judas Iscariot of course) remained faithful to God and Jesus. Many even gladly endured martyrdom all for building of the kingdom!
Let’s consider for a moment the depth and strength of the love these individuals held for God. They sacrificed all they had for the Father. And, herein lies our foundation. Individuals who loved so much that they abandoned who they were in an attempt to be vessels for God. Generous hearts who profoundly loved God and Christ. They built this foundation with sacred bricks. Sacred bricks I like to call Christ intimacy, Christ friendship, Christ love, devotion to God, honor of God, and surrender to the will of God. Amazing isn’t it.
Then Why So Much Pain?
So back to the pain in the world. Given such a magnificent foundation, why do so many suffer from pain and brokenheartedness? I believe pain exists because have bought into some of the lies of the Evil One – the ruler of this world. Remember, he wants nothing more than to knock you off your divine foundation! Don’t let him do it my friends. Yes, even us Catholics have been hoodwinked; we have believed some of his lies and we have become unstable in spite of our solid foundation.
I am no exception here and I must admit, the last couple of weeks have been tough for me. I have been experiencing heartache on many fronts and the old familiar feeling of sadness, unfortunately, had entered into my heart. However, I did take my own advice. I intensified my prayer life and I took use of the greatest spiritual weapon we have available to us – the Rosary. I’m happy to say that my heart is doing a bit better and my smile is returning.
My Book: Understanding The Jesus Code
In my book Understanding The Jesus Code, I reveal how your heart can transform and find happiness in this crazy world. If you are looking to learn how to transform inner pain, I invite you to consider purchasing it. Understanding The Jesus Code is available in many parts of the world via Amazon in both a Kindle version and soft cover. Here is a link to my website with the links you will need – The LIVE Method.
Also, here is a link to a free download of the first 3 chapters: Understanding The Jesus Code. If you choose to read my book it would mean a lot to me if you would send me a message sharing how it helped your heat find peace! It’s kinda a mission I have in this life of mine – helping people like you find the inner happiness and peace God has in store them.
I hope you find your way home towards Jesus Christ – the one who is love himself. I hope you step into the fullness of life God has for you, firmly grounded on the divine foundation that was so lovingly created for you. May you speak and think words of love, forgiveness and mercy as you sing and praise of God’s glory! – Carolyn
Sacred Heart of Jesus – have mercy on us.
Mother Mary – pray for us.
Saints Simon and Jude – pray for us.
Today’s Readings Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 19; Luke 6:12-16