“A heart of gold.” Wouldn’t that just be great? You’d be so kind, generous, loving, and just straight up awesome. Unfortunately, that’s not really possible for humans. Whether it’s yelling in your car at the person who just cut you off or staying bitter at someone who has hurt you- it’s unlikely we will ever attain that heart of gold.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work for it.
“A good person brings good things out of the good stored up in them, and an evil person brings evil things out of the evil stored up in them.” -Matthew 12:35, NIV
If you continue to store good in your heart and your thoughts, good will just naturally flow out. I was just talking to my high-school small group girls about this on Wednesday. We related it to swearing. If you think a lot of swear words in your head, they are going to come out of your mouth at some point. It works the same for good/bad (or, as it is written in this verse- evil).
It’s not always this simple. Some days are just all bad to you. You’ve had the worst day at work and you can’t shake that grumpy feeling. But if you had spent the week before pouring positivity into your heart (reading the Word, spending time with family, friends, listening to your favorite worship song) your reaction to that bad day will be a lot better than if you had spent the previous weak pouring in your heart with bad.
This brings me to why I named my Tumblr “Heart of Gold.” Part of it was for me to see that phrase every time I logged in and be reminded of what Jesus had and to remain positive. But the other half was actually based off of a concept I read in Bait of Satan by John Bevere (which you can get on Amazon here for $11).
It takes tons of rock to produce ounces of gold. In order to refine the gold to what you see in jewelry, the gold has to be melted down and separated from the other precious metals it was in a rock with. Depending on the chemicals used in the process, the other metals and rock will rise to the surface and have to be scraped off to get to the gold at the bottom.
God wants us to have hearts like Jesus- hearts of gold. In order to do so, sometimes He has to do this process to us. All of the ugly and “unwanted” stuff bubbles to the surface and he slowly scraps it down to get to the gold.
To have that heart of gold we have to go through a process of continually taking in good so we can be good. God puts us through tough situations to refine us- not to break us. We will never be perfect. There will always be lumpy rocks mixed in with our gold. But if we live each day working to take in good to give out good, we can be more like Jesus.
I am going to end with these verses:
“9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”-Romans 12:9-21, NIV
“Overcome evil with good.” Take Romans 12 as in an example of love in action- love conquering evil but putting good out into the world and into your heart. Love others, love yourself, and love the Lord. Piece by piece, your gold will start coming to the surface.