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You need the healing of your heart!

4 November 2010 2 Comments

You need the “healing of your heart” (Luke 4:18), as much as the “renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2), because broken emotions will impact your thoughts and interpretation of life, which will reflect in your behavior and actions!

A few months ago, in July 2010, my friend Janet Daughtry and I (Renato) were interviewed by Dr. Joseph Peck in a Webinar entitled God’s Vision For Renewing Your Mind“, of the Visions777 series, which included Janet’s presentation on The renewing of your mind, followed by another presentation of mine on The healing of your heart“!

Click here to watch a replay of the Webinar: “God’s Vision For Renewing Your Mind.

Janet did an excellent job in explaining how we all need to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind”, in order to see things with God’s eyes and perceive them for what they really are, not for what we might believe they are! She stated that our beliefs are the filter through which we view and respond to the issues of life… If our beliefs are negative, our responses to crisis will be negative, whereas if our beliefs are positive we will tend to interpret events positively. She was basically saying that our beliefs are the lens through which we view life.

What I felt led to add is that it works both ways! It’s true that our beliefs are the lens through which we view and respond to life, but also the way we personally interpret the events of life is how our “beliefs” are formed. “For now we see through a glass, darkly.”  (1 Cor. 13:12)

Our beliefs come from a variety of sources: from our past experiences, and from the input that we received from our family, friends, teachers, mass medias and society around us… Our beliefs are formed from all the information we have recorded in our brain, according to how we have personally interpreted it throughout the course of our life.

Dr. Carolyn Leaf, a Christian neuroscientist who studied the brain for about 25 years, wrote in her book, “Who Switched Off My Brain?”, that when an important event happens to us (whether good or bad), we have about 24 to 48 hours to process that information and to “ask, answer and discuss” it within ourselves. Otherwise that information will be stored in the deep archives of our brain and will become part of us!

What I gathered from it is that, if someone ever said or did something terrible to you, if you didn’t process it in your heart and mind, in order to come to peaceful terms with it within yourself, then that message has filtered down into the deep archives of your brain and has been played over and over to you. And the more you continue to think about it and obsess over it, the more it reinforces that altered belief system within yourself, which is affecting your thoughts, your emotions, and even your behavior! That’s why the Bible tells us that: “When you are angry, do not let the sun go down upon your wrath.” (Ephesians 4: 26)

In other words, our interpretation of life events (whether true or false) has contributed to the forming of our beliefs, which are now affecting not only our thoughts and emotions, but also our decisions and actions in life!

Beliefs –> Thoughts –> Emotions –> Actions

As the picture of this train shows, our beliefs are the power engine impacting our thoughts and emotions, and ultimately even our actions in life! Therefore if our beliefs system is healthy, then our thoughts and emotions are also positive and they are helping us move forward in life, no matter what mountain we must climb ahead of us …

However, if we ever experienced painful circumstances that we did not come to peaceful terms with (particularly events that happened when we were too young to process them in a wholesome manner), then those past hurts have been recorded in our emotional memory and they continue to have a major role in our personal perception of life …

What happens is that, whenever we encounter a similar situation that reminds us of those hurt memories, even subconsciously, we react impulsively and reactively, instead of being intentional, and ultimately the consequences of those reactions will be of the kind that we did not desire in the first place! You might say that, if we live out of a broken heart, instead of moving forward, we will be pulled back and down the hill, so to speak, because we are reacting emotionally instead of being intentional with our lives …

Unfortunately most of us live out of our “feelings”, because what’s going on inside of us emotionally in any given moment has a major impact on our thoughts, and therefore our decisions and actions are often guided by how we “feel” about the situation we are facing. However, since we cannot fully trust our feelings, knowing that they are based on our own personal interpretation of what is happening to us, coming from perceptions that might be altered and not telling us the truth, then we need to find a remedy, what the Bible calls the healing of our broken hearts” (Psalm 147:3)!

In order to “renew your mind”, you need the “healing of your heart”!

That solution has been provided by our “Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6), who was “sent to heal the broken hearts and set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18), and in the coming weeks we will explore further how you can avail yourself of what He offers you: the “healing of your broken heart”!
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If you are looking for someone who can personally coach you through some powerful steps that will help you experience “the healing of your heart“, please visit my coaching page, Life Coach Renato, at: http://renatoamato.com/en/coaching/coach-renato/
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  • Candida said:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! That was amazing and just what I needed. I just read your article and listened to the Webinar listed. I felt myself recognizing the chains that I was believing were there, and I cannot tell you how great it is to finally pinpoint them where I’d been hiding them from myself to “keep going”. I feel a real breakthrough. GBY! Love Candida