Matters of the Heart: Part Four
Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
We must check our heart's condition. God has promised to replace our faulty hearts if we let Him. Hard hearts do not endear us to our Creator. Yet in His mercy, He offers us a new heart made of flesh. Stony hearts that do not love are not functioning properly and this can lead to death. God's Word cannot be absorbed into a heart that is not soft and supple. We could need a heart transplant if we want to walk with our Heavenly Father. Jesus came so that we may have eternal life with God. He is our Surgeon and Great Physician. He is able to open up our hearts. By His stripes we can be healed.
The world today is a cold place with many hard-hearted people. We claim to care about our fellow man, but do we love them for our hearts? Kindness and concern for others does not flow from stony hearts. Just as hardened arteries require a medical procedure in order to keep a heart healthy, our hearts may need repair. Believers are called to walk in God's statutes. A spirit of compassion comes from a heart that is receptive to God's Word. As we follow Christ, the indwelling Holy Spirit will implant God's laws in our hearts and minds, making us qualified to receive the reconciliation that is necessary to declare we are truly children of God. He will bless our hearts!
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Hebrews 10:15-16 NIV