“Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you know your emotional heart extremely well because it’s the part of you most closely connected to your pain.”- Christa Black Gifford
“Behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wait for breaking of spirit.”- Isaiah 65:14 (ESV)
Christa Black Gifford continues Chapter 5 of Heart Made Whole as she presents the first primary heart component.
1. The emotional heart. When most of us think about the heart, the first thing that comes to mind is our emotions. Ms. Gifford explains:
“It’s the part of us that falls head over heals in love and experiences bursts of joy, but it’s also the part that feels as if it were gutted with a hunting knife when we get dumped and recoils in agony when a love one tells us that we are stupid, ugly, or unwanted.”
Thus, we walk through life in a hurtful world populated with imperfect people. As a result, it’s impossible for your heart to remain completely safe and unaffected by negativity. And your emotional heart shuts down completely if the ache becomes too great. It grows cold in order to survive. Imagine, Christa notes, that someone filled your heart with concrete so that nothing leaks out of your tear ducts.
In conclusion, unhealed pain so influences your emotional heart that you form belief systems around it. Even as a child, Ms. Gifford underscores, it took only one major punch to rob your heart of its innocence. In turn, that punch convinced you life’s unsafe. Consequently that’s when your guardian heart emerged.
Today’s question: What life punches threated to shut down your emotional heart? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Your inner guardian – armed guard protection”