Thursday, November 3, 2011
Heart of Stone or Heart of Flesh
Ezekiel 36:26 says "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."
I encountered this verse in my bible study and I am shocked to realize that in the areas where I hold on to sin, I have a very hard heart of stone.
I desperately need God to graciously do heart surgery on me and replace that hardened heart with a soft and mold-able heart of flesh.
I need to truly grieve over my own sin.
I wonder how many of us as Christians actually grieve when we realize that we have been sinning against God in one area or another? I fear that the number is woefully small.
I fear that our hearts are so hard that sin is a casual thing to us. I fear that we do not realize how deep is the chasm between us and our God when we sin casually and 'just ask forgiveness at the end of the day'. I fear we often trust in something called cheap grace.
Oh my God, please forgive me. PLEASE grant me a heart of flesh that grieves my sin.
Teach me to be intentional. To think about about every action and put every thought before you. At present, I don't hesitate before making excuses. Please give me the grace and strength to hesitate often if means I am about to sin.