There was recently a news piece that was telling the story of a lady who was the recipient of a heart transplant. She was grateful to be alive and in fact was giving glory God on prime time network TV, for the new chance to live. She had a new heart.
Scriptures tell us we too can have a new heart. Of course there are different senses in which the word “heart” occurs in Scripture. It certainly represents the bodily organ but it also represents the source from which comes our deepest feelings such as fear, love, courage, anger, joy, sorrow, hatred, and so on. Thus it represents, as well, the very person themselves. As such, it is considered to be the seat of the emotions, passions and appetites of man. It has come to stand for the center of a person’s moral, spiritual and intellectual life.
The problem we face however is that, as the Scripture describes in Jer. 17:9,10, the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. The Scripture describes the heart, in it’s un-regenerated state to be “uncircumcised”, “hardened”, “wicked”, “perverse” and “godless”. In fact, Jesus said: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. “These are the things which defile a man,” Matt 15:19-20
And to make matters worse we don’t even have the ability to change our own hearts. Jer. 13:23 states… “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
We need Him to do it in us. That is why the psalmist stated in Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” He promises us a new heart.. Hallelujah! In the old Testament prophetic scriptures He promised… “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you…” Ezek 36:26,27
In the New Testament we see the power of his grace at work to transform our hearts… “So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit… purifying their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:8-9
Our Gracious God has offered to give us a heart transplant.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. …Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Rom 5:1,2,5
We thank you Jesus for your wondrous love & grace… it does a heart good!