Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23
Someone once told me that God can use anything and everything to save us.I never understood this as much as I do now.At the same time and in the same degree I can see Gods Grace more clearly and entirely manifested in my life.Especially, in the moments I most needed him.
We hear stories about Jesus growing up and he becomes real in our minds but not completely in our hearts.We don't realize up to what extent our faith in Him is lacking until were being tested in the fire and we start to feel His presence, love, forgiveness, compassion and grace become real in our lives.When we fail in life and God sends people to help encourage you, to help see you beyond the mess to remind you who you really are in Him.That has been me throughout my life.God blessed me with a great mom for 70 years who saw my heart even in my mess and today I can say I am greatful His grace covers me as I am loved by Him through others
Steps to Christ says this,
The loveliness of the character of Christ will be seen in His followers. It was His delight to do the will of God. Love to God, zeal for His glory, was the controlling power in our Saviour's life. Love beautified and ennobled all His actions. Love is of God. The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or produce it. It is found only in the heart where Jesus reigns. “We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19, R.V. In the heart renewed by divine grace, love is the principle of action. It modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, subdues enmity, and ennobles the affections. This love, cherished in the soul, sweetens the life and sheds a refining influence on all around.
Roman's 8:28 Says, All things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose.
God uses pain for His Glory! He uses every trial to mold our characters.He uses people, family. Friends and relationships to bring out the issues in our hearts that we did not even know existed.Have you ever done something that disappointed you or others and after you did it you did not even understand why you would lose self-control? I think we can all agree at some point we failed ourselves and others.The key is not to dwell on our mistakes but to learn and grow from them.
Mathew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Steps to Christ Ch.9 Says this,
When the love of Christ is enshrined in the heart, like sweet fragrance it cannot be hidden. Its holy influence will be felt by all with whom we come in contact. The spirit of Christ in the heart is like a spring in the desert, flowing to refresh all and making those who are ready to perish, eager to drink of the water of life. Love to Jesus will be manifested in a desire to work as He worked for the blessing and uplifting of humanity. It will lead to love, tenderness, and sympathy toward all the creatures of our heavenly Father's care. The Saviour's life on earth was not a life of ease and devotion to Himself, but He toiled with persistent, earnest, untiring effort for the salvation of lost mankind. From the manger to Calvary He followed the path of self-denial and sought not to be released from arduous tasks, painful travels and exhausting care and labor. He said, “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28. This was the one great object of His life. Everything else was secondary and subservient. It was His meat and drink to do the will of God and to finish His work. Self and self-interest had no part in His labor. So those who are the partakers of the grace of Christ will be ready to make any sacrifice, that others for whom He died may share the heavenly gift. They will do all they can to make the world better for their stay in it. This spirit is the sure outgrowth of a soul truly converted. No sooner does one come to Christ than there is born in his heart a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus; the saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. If we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and are filled with the joy of His indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good we shall have something to tell. Like Philip when he found the Saviour, we shall invite others into His presence. We shall seek to present to them the attractions of Christ and the unseen realities of the world to come. There will be an intensity of desire to follow in the path that Jesus trod. There will be an earnest longing that those around us may “behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. And the effort to bless others will react in blessings upon ourselves. This was the purpose of God in giving us a part to act in the plan of redemption. He has granted men the privilege of becoming partakers of the divine nature and, in their turn, of diffusing blessings to their fellow men. This is the highest honor, the greatest joy, that it is possible for God to bestow upon men. Those who thus become participants in labors of love are brought nearest to their Creator.
In conclusion, only Christ can give us a new heart as we allow Him to abide in us day by day!Only He can fix us, remove all issues, all insecurities, all fears and anything that is preventing us from experiencing true joy, love and peace that surpasses all understanding.While it is true we are broken vessels God is more than willing to heal and make us whole.The Word of God in Psalms tells us He counts our tears in a bottle and He heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds. If you are tired of watching yourself fail give him your failures and he will turn them into victories!