If you are in any way like me, you have a deep passion for healing, freedom and transformation. But that passion to work on issues of the heart can lead you into becoming too introspective. When introspection becomes a chronic habit, we develop an incessant habit of inward observation and examination of our mental and emotional state, to the point that it becomes obsessive… even morbid.
We want to experience healing, but chronic introspection can lead us into an unfruitful lifestyle of self examination.
There are two great examples of a healthy understanding of the heart and especially in connection to God. There are many, many more of course but for this piece I will focus on two, ok, maybe three. ; >))
Psalm 139:23-24 The Message (MSG)
“Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.”
In this psalm, we see that it gives us freedom and confidence that when we give God access to all of our hearts, He is the one who will show us what we need to see through His conviction, (conscience). As we continue to choose the right road in response, we grow in confidence in our hearts and less introspection is necessary over time.
1 John 3:20
“If we live like this, we shall know that we are children of the Truth and can reassure ourselves in the sight of God, even if our own hearts make us feel guilty. For God is infinitely greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”
If we do, and we will, see bad things in us it’s a gift that we can see them. When we feel guilty for something, He is trying to get our attention to show us the right road through repentance, (turning around), and change leading to transformation. If we do selfish, bad, hurtful things and DON’T feel bad, then we have a problem because our own hearts have blinded us into thinking we are right and justified in the selfish behaviors we are exhibiting.
But if we turn around, confess our behaviors to God, since He is greater than our hearts, He can forgive us if we are genuine in our hearts. Our confidence must be in Him, not in our own abilities to get things right. That’s why chronic introspection tends to put us in bondage to our thinking about the bad things we think and do, rather than letting Him have full access to them, so He can bring the change from the inside out.