Book: Proverbs 14
“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.”
Although we may have experienced a similar difficult situation someone else is facing, we need to be careful that we don’t assume we understand the deepness or the heaviness they are feeling. This does not mean that we cannot and should not show compassion or support each other but rather we need to be careful in what we say and do. Sometimes the best thing we can do is just listen quietly and stand beside them.
The joy we experience in our relationship with the King of Kings is something those who don’t know Him can’t understand either. When we have spent time quietly before the Lord worshiping Him, studying His Word, praying, listening and experiencing a deep commune with Him which floods us with joy, it is difficult to explain it to others so that they can join in too. That being said, we still should share with each other and encourage each other with what He has shown us. Just don’t expect others to fully understand what you have experienced. We need to be patient with each other.
It is important that we each do our own ‘Heart Check’. Only you and the Lord know if there is any bitterness in your heart. It usually stems from unforgiveness from being hurt or expectations not been met. Yes, it can even be bitterness towards God. Sometimes we think we have forgiven but if bitterness still exists then true forgiveness has not taken place. Bitterness in the heart ends up penetrating all different parts of us including our physical health, our personal relationships, and our work. It may be covered over by a smile or being upbeat but it still keeps you from your potential.
The joy of the Lord that is in your heart is the opposite. No one can take it away from you unless you let them. It gives you the ability to reach for things you never thought possible because the Lord is giving you the ability to do so. Even during hard and difficult times the joy of the Lord will carry you through and others will wonder how you are able to be so positive. Hold tight to the Joy of the Lord and do not allow anyone or any circumstance steal it from you. When you share the Joy of the Lord with others, you are actually allowing them to experience a little bit of God, without you losing any of it.
As you do your ‘Heart Check’ today, ask yourself if there is any bitterness that needs to be removed or if you have the Joy of the Lord that needs to be shared with others.