Idolatry of the Heart: Introduction

I’m beginning a series titled, “Idolatry of the Heart” based on the readings of classic fiction and my own personal insight. I hope to someday take this series and turn it into a book about the pitfalls of idolatrous love, specifically that of a co-dependent nature. If you have not read the novels which I will be using for these posts, I recommend it prior to reading the blog–as I will most likely give away plot points to propel the theme. If you don’t mind a few spoilers, then feel free to read at your leisure.

I would also love to use this as a platform for discussion, debate, and healing. I know for a fact that all of us struggle with filling the void in our hearts with things other than God; it is in our sinful nature. Over this past year, I have sought counsel, grappled with immense amounts of pain and rejection, and unraveled to the point of despair. BUT, I have learned the most profound lesson we can learn in this life:

Only Christ can fill that empty longing in our hearts. 

Despite this knowledge changing my life and allowing me the strength to keep growing, I know that it will not be easy. Knowing truth does not mean that the pain will be any less, or that the longing won’t be severe in our pursuit of Him. But by embracing the truth that through Christ this life is bearable, we can step forward: healing can commence through filling the gaping wounds in our hearts until they are mere pin-pricks.

I am passionate about this topic; about reaching out to you all with the truth that has been revealed to me over time and much pain. I hope these posts challenge and inspire you to seek your own healing. There is nothing sweeter in this life than reconciliation, especially with your Creator-God. Nothing. I pray that these words fall from the page into your heart. Let God change you, sharpen you, fill you. That hole that you fill with idols–let Him occupy it instead.

The road is not easy. The path to purity is wrought with pain and suffering. But if we do not suffer, then Christ’s purpose was in vain. We are only being perfected through suffering so that we may be more worship-filled when we see our Lord again.

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  (Romans 5:3-5)

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