Closenessing — connecting heart-to-heart

Heart-to-heart closenessing replaces the feeling that nobody really cares about you, with the joy of feeling truly loved. Without openness, honesty, and compassion, heart-closeness with others won’t happen.

Love is closer than you think. It’s in your heart, waiting for you to release it and let it flow out to others. There should be no closure to heart-to-heart closeness. Love never fails.

Emotional closenessing isn’t built by a process of figuring people out. It’s developed by consistently showing people heart-felt love and kindness. Also, persistent prayer for people will cause your heart to care about them.

Heart-to-heart closenessing lets you see thru life’s fog and recognize the image of God in other people. Empathetic closenessing requires meaningful, heart-felt listening and sharing, not just small talk. Closenessing requires intimacy — the willingness to open up my heart and let someone “into-me-see.”

Heart-closenessing causes our soul to create and soar! Heart-distancing causes it to stagnate and sour.

Heart-distancing, emotional quarantining, and spiritual isolation, atrophy your soul to the point that you ignore (or deny) its existence. Many of our problems are caused by heart-distancing that is motivated by fear of discovery. Heart-closenessing is healing.

You can’t see heart-distancing with your physical eyes, but you can tell when it’s happening. You can feel the coldness. Hiding secrets behind walls to protect your heart from hurt, is a lonely life-strategy, stopping the healing power of honesty and humility.

Perhaps we need an inner-quarantine to keep our heart and mind away from contagious, destructive thoughts and emotions (not to keep us away from other people). Negativity, fear, discouragement, anger, and wrongful desires, can easily infect you if you don’t avoid them.

Instead of anger, accusation, and/or panic, perhaps we should try some contemplation, spiritual seeking, and wisdom reading.

Hatred is a dangerous road, littered with wrecks and crashes. Some cultures call cruelty that maintains (or maintained) their dominance a virtue, but cruelty is always evil.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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