I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:26-27
There is hope for every story
God’s audacious love has the power to turn our worst failures into glory. He alone can bring extraordinary hope and joy to every story. These are not just pretty words you read in the Bible; they are truths, miraculous events that will take place in your life when you allow God into your heart. Of these things, I am confident because He is working miracles in my heart and soul every day.
I remember asking Jesus into my heart while attending children’s church more than 40 years ago. However, I now understand that becoming a “Christian” and living a Christ-like life are two entirely different things. Unless we allow God’s love to heal unresolved hurts from the past, our lives will bear little resemblance to a God-designed life of a Jesus follower. The protective walls we build around our hearts will block our ability to hear God’s voice and experience the fullness of His love. When we are unable to discern the leading of God’s voice in our lives, our perception of right and wrong becomes skewed.
Hurt people, hurt people
Without a sensitive and receptive heart, a person may not be aware of the pain they are causing others. They live with cloudy vision and are unable to see beyond their selfish desires. They foolishly rely on their strength, and not God’s, to make the right choices in life.
A faithful follower of Christ will have a heart of compassion for others. Because we understand how much God loves us, we respond by loving others the way He loves us. Thankfully, we do not have to do this on our own. Jesus promises to give us the ability to live a God-centered life of love through the gifting of His Holy Spirit. With this gifting comes nine visible attributes of a person living in harmony with God’s Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
God created all humanity with the purpose and design that He is the Father of all. It grieves His heart to see His children turn away from Him and chose to live a self-centered life instead of Christ-centered life. God’s love causes Him to show mercy to us, even when we have decided to do life without Him. He yearns for us to lift our faces above the guilt and shame of our past and ask Him to forgive us and empower us to live life His way. He loves us so much that He is intentionally delaying Christ’s return. (2 Peter 3:9)
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
In the waiting, there is an opportunity for more people to come to know, love and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. No matter how far we fall, we will never fall too far into the pit that Jesus cannot redeem us. If there was hope for Saul, who became Paul, there is certainly hope for all!
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!
The content topic for November is thankfulness and gratitude. If you missed any of the previous posts you may read them by clicking the links below:
- November Post 1: How God reveals His love and mercy in the winds of change
- November Post 2: How to live a blessed life unhindered by the ghost of your past
- November Post 3: God’s forgiveness is the greatest gift you will ever receive
- Ever-increasing intimacy with Christ is the key to a joyful life - June 6, 2021
- Truth illuminates the mind and dispels the lies - June 1, 2021
- Protect your religious freedom, ask your Senator to vote no on the Equality Act - March 5, 2021