During my inner healing years, there was one particular encounter with Jesus that I will never forget.
I was considering a bad memory where I was the focus of others ill intent.
I invited Jesus into the memory and in one fell swoop he was scooping me up (I was pretty little) and rushing me away from the harm.
As I was looking over his shoulder back to the trouble, I cried out, “What about them?! Aren’t you going to do something about them?!”
To which Jesus replied, “Their ill-will will destroy their hearts well enough, it is your heart I am concerned about.” as he set about healing me.
Today, I think about this every time I see someone carrying out a ‘good deed’ or a worthy rallying cry, but with a bitter, cynical and suspicious heart.
What becomes most important, is not the sin of others, the lies of a society, or even the current state of things, what is most important is the state of the heart.
Are we seeking revenge? Hanging onto grievances? Demanding retaliation?
Then it is our heart that needs the most attention – the sins and lies will destroy those who hang onto them, the more important thing to deal with is your own heart.