I read a wonderful devotion this morning that I would like to share with you. The title here will link you to the original devotion.
Daily New Life with Steve Arterburn
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. – Ephesians 1:18
Going through difficult times, if it does nothing else for you and to you, will open the eyes of your heart. Walking through troubled waters is one way that God has of shifting your vision. When your heart breaks, there’s an avenue for God’s compassion to trickle in and envelop your heart with His. You’ll begin to look at others through the eyes of your heart and not through the eyes of quick judgment, harsh conclusions, or self-interest.Your trip to the grocery store, to church, to Wal-Mart or Starbucks will take on a new hue. You’ll look at people and wonder what their story is; what their childhood was like; what caused them to be so happy or unhappy, why they seem this way or that.Their job titles will be less important, their type of car won’t impress you, what kind of clothes they wear, or whether they’re wrinkled or stylish won’t matter any more. You’re more likely to understand that they are in some pain and trying to run from it or trying to hide. Or, you’ll see their smile and demeanor and wonder if they’re truly happy or masking some inner, silent suffering or anger.Now, you won’t get answers to all that you wonder about people and their stories, but your heart will be softened. You’ll find that you have a level of compassion that most people don’t have. If your heart is broken, let his compassion trickle in to your heart through the brokeness. Let him open the eyes of your heart today.
I know that this works. It has been what has helped me with compassion towards hurtful people for a very long time. Yesterday though as I was hurt by some ugly words I really didn’t display who I really am. I allowed my frustration and hurt to over ride my mind, mouth, attitude. As I sat hours later, tears streaming down my face I realized that even though my intentions were honorable my delivery was far from it. With a humble heart I typed many an apology email to those I might have offended. Lord, please help me to remember to allow you to do the work that needs to be done and let me be compassionate and do everything as unto you! Open my eyes and my heart today!