Ask the Christian Living Expert – Pastor Philip Robe-From
You feel pain in your arm and for some reason you feel short of breath. As a you break out in a cold sweat, nausea sets in and you wonder what is happening. Do you just need some more sleep? Perhaps a couple of antacid tablets could help. No, you just might be having a heart attack. The only way to tell for sure is to immediately seek medical help.
Now let’s look at your emotions. You get angry and touchy and you don’t know why. We all do from time to time. Bitterness has set in like a painful medical symptom. Perhaps jealousy clouded your mind so that it’s hard to function. If you are not careful, these symptoms can be mistakenly treated instead of the real problem-your heart.
I’m not talking about the pump in your chest. I’m taking about your heart-the seat of your emotions. This is the place where every thought and motivation comes from and where the pain of past emotional trauma is stored. Treating symptoms is far too common. It’s time to look at your heart.
There are many treatments available to help a diseased heart. Stints, bypasses, and other treatments all can help; however, in 1967 Christian Bernard performed the first heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. It is now estimated that 3,500 heart transplants occur annually. The total cost of surgery, ongoing treatment, and lifetime anti-rejection drugs is upwards of one million dollars per transplant.
Perhaps it’s time to take a look at your heart. What is the cause of the outbursts of painful emotion? People may ask, “Where did that come from?” It just may have come from the heart.
There’s good news. If a heart has been wounded and broken multiple times, you can get a heart transplant. Ezekiel 36:26 puts it this way, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” You can have a fresh start and begin again-it’s not easy and will not cost a million dollars-but it will cost you something. It will require on-going care. The biggest thing about surgery is that you have to want it. You can’t be forced into surgery. It’s amazing how many people hold on to dysfunctional emotions-they are just so familiar and comforting. Imagine how you would feel with a new heart.
I want to invite you to join us July 24-26 as we welcome a guest speaker from Italy, Franco Platania.