A Critical Heart

“What comes out of a person is what defiles them.”….(Mark 7:20).

I have to be very careful about what I feed myself and I’m not talking about food. What I’m actually referring to are my thoughts. I am often amazed at how critical my thoughts can be towards someone.
In fact, pessimistic, disapproving thoughts about someone are my default. Even if someone shows me overwhelming kindness I am often met with this thought of criticism and negativity towards their kind gesture towards me.
Recognizing this makes me feel absolutely disgusted. I’m disgusted that what I’ve allowed my heart and mind to feast upon. What I’m recognizing is that I need a new heart and mind. Praise God that this is what He offers me through His love.
I don’t have to live this way any longer, nor do I need to feel shame over it. I can walk in the freedom that Jesus offers me as I release all of these things to Him. I can rejoice knowing that He offers a new heart and mind for someone like me. He can take my critical heart and transform it through the power of His love. That’s what I’m banking on today.
Lord, you make me new. Thank you for sending Jesus so that I could have a transformed heart and mind. Shower me with your love and grace. Fill me to overflowing with more of you. May my heart be filled with good thoughts towards others. I don’t want that critical heart any longer. I want it to die so that Christ can be raised up in me, in Jesus name, Amen.

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