The human heart is the main organ that flows blood to other organs of the human body, the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. It also removes metabolic wastes. When we love someone we need to have an open heart to love those people. Though what happens when we get hurt, what happens when someone suddenly cheats on us, stabs us in the back, turns us down for that date. We can get hurt, we have gotten hurt, though I believe that getting hurt, not only affects us emotional, but it effects how we love the next person that comes into our lives. Not only that it may even affect those around us. When were hurt, we can’t open up to others because we’re to afraid to get hurt again, we’re afraid of getting turned down, being told no, having the other person tell us we’re only friends. I’ve been there I know what it feels like, I’ve had the broken heart. I wasn’t going to allow what has happened in my past, to effect what was going to happen in my future, and neither should you. If I had allowed what has happened in my past to stop me from waiting patiently for the woman who God has for me, I would’ve giving up a long time ago. The word love is used several hundred times in the Bible, that shows me, that God wants us to love, not just to have a significant other to love, but love others. John 13:34-35, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 34 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Lets take a look at what happens with Peter, Peter was one of Jesus disciples, he would’ve done anything for Jesus, even lay down his life, he was the one that walked on water. Then it comes to the point where Peter is in the courtyard, and three people come up to him, and says to him weren’t you with him. Three times Peter says no I do not know the man, later on at the sea of Galilee after Jesus’s resurrection, they are on the shore, and Jesus asks Peter three times do you love me. I’m glad I am not Jesus, because if someone denied me as Lord, three different times, I don’t know if I would’ve gone back and asked the person do you love me. Instinct would tell you no if this person did this to you, than they don’t love you. Yet Jesus still goes to Peter and says do you love me, and Peter responds Lord you know that I love you. Lets put this back into practical perspective, when someone hurts us, we get angry, and upset. Which is a natural reaction, yet God tells us that we need to still love that person, to love our enemies, love those that persecute us. We may not want to, we may feel uncomfortable with that type of thinking, but that’s what God tells us to do it. He wants us to love one another, Love one another as I have loved you, greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends. When it comes to relationships we need to protect our heart, because God always wants us to love one another. We need to learn to forgive those who have hurt us in the past, Jesus was probably very hurt when Peter denied him, yet Jesus forgave him, and can still love him. When we get hurt whether it’s by a family member, friend, husband, wife, even people in the church, we need to forgive. Because if we can’t forgive we can’t love, and if we can’t love, we can’t show love to other people. Because we will always remember what has happened in our past. I’m not saying that we forget what has happened in our past, because we can’t, but we must move on from the past, to break the chains of hurt, to break the chains of un-forgiveness. I don’t think I would be where I am, if I allowed the hurt, that I have had to deal with in my life, to hold me back. Whether that was from people in the church, people in my life, friends, women that I thought where going to be more than friends. I had to learn that I needed to protect my heart, and learn to love, and realize that things weren’t always going to be good.