Not a strangers. Or even a intimate partners’ heart. How does one change one’s own heart.
How do you undo a heart that’s been scratched, pulled and beaten into a certain shape? That’s got habits older than middle schoolers? sometimes I pray and I get discouraged because I see the same behaviors tripping me up today that I saw tripping me 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago.
How do we create lasting change that happens at the heart level and spills out into our day to day.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”Romans 12:2
How do we accomplish Romans 12:2?
The verse that seems to point to an answer is in Ezekiel 36: 26:
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”Ezekiel 36:26
Basically, it looks like it must be a gift from God. Is there anything I must do to receive this gift? The only stipulation that I can seem to find is that I be “in” Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17
So I just have to figure out, is how to live IN Christ. Somehow, I feel that I may be complicating something that Christ meant to be easy.
Lord, Help me today as I hunger for your transformation. Everyday I see the damage that my old heart does to my family – I Pray that you help me discover a new heart and change the way that I love. Give me patience, kindness. Help me not to be envious of the people around me whom I love. Help not to dishonor others or keep no record of wrong. Help me Lord.
Fly or Fall.