Column: God, give us a new heart

Soucheray

Soucheray

“I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart, so that they will live according to my statutes, and observe and carry out my ordinances; thus they shall be my people and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20.

What if we could be guaranteed of the statement God makes here? What if all our transgressions were removed and our stony, unforgiving hearts were replaced with compassionate, loving hearts that would extend generosity and kindness toward everyone we meet? What kind of life would we lead?

Just imagine this! Our lives would reflect a goodness and a glow that could only come from God, purifying us from within. As our stony hearts are replaced, we would live forever after with a dedication to God’s laws and His expectations for us at every moment of our lives. To do otherwise would be completely inconsistent with the transformation that had occurred within us.

How would it feel to live such a pure and holy life? It seems at times that it could feel like it wasn’t even us! It seems that we would wonder whether or not it was us who spoke those words of comfort, or the one who stepped forward and paid for that meal or the one who was able to stay calm when everyone else was scared and confused. But then we would know that it was God’s light, shining forth from within us — not our own — and His spontaneous love, touching the world around us with His healing and steadfast love. Will you allow Him to transform your heart today?

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist, working at Christian Heart Counseling in Stillwater. She can be reached at 651-439-2059 ext. 718 or kate@christianheartcounseling.com.

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