“And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” ~Deuteronomy 30:6

This morning I read the aforementioned  scripture and it really resonated deep within me. Yesterday I questioned the Lord about some of the things He has allowed to enter my life. 

Today He answered in the form Deuteronomy 30:6 regarding the heavy burdens I am bearing and have beared. He is simply preparing my heart to love Him over all things so that from this, I may learn to genuinely love others. 

My youngest son had to be recircumcised last year so I am pretty familiar with the process. Excess skin has to be cut away so that it does not cause problems or make the surface unsightly. 

There is only One who can properly prepare the heart to function as it should. The Lord created the heart to be the wellspring of life and therefore it must be guarded and purified. 

The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This requires sacrifice, humility, and a clean heart. By ourselves, we are not capable of truly loving others because we are simply to selfish. We have to love others by allowing God to filter out the impurities of our heart. Only through Him can we do this. 

The valves of my heart have been clogged for a long time with issues that have caused my heart to turn cold toward the people who have hurt me and preventing the one who possibly could from getting near to me. But through the hardships I face He is using them to trim away the hatred, shame, evil, bitterness, anger, hurt, sorrow, insecurity, and pain that have prevented me from wholly loving others. 

The process of pruning is often painful but the results are well worth it. Although I can’t say I enjoy the procedure, I know it is necessary so that I may live.