The Weekly Devotion for the Week of April 15

Apr 12, 2024

The Lord transforms our hearts from stubbornness and hardness to acceptance and love.

This verse mentions a heart of stone, which represents a state of being closed off to the love and grace of God – consumed by selfish desires and worldly pursuits.  In our own lives, we may find ourselves falling into this trap, allowing our hearts to become hardened by resentment, anger, or indifference.

The promise of verse 26 offers a beacon of hope in the darkness.  It speaks of God’s transformative power – His ability to break through the barriers we erect around our hearts and infuse them with His love and mercy.  It is a promise of renewal, of being made new in His image.

Transformation begins with a willingness to surrender ourselves to God’s will, to allow Him to work in us and through us.  It requires humility, a recognition of our brokenness, and a desire for healing.  It entails letting go of our pride and self-reliance, and instead placing our trust wholly in the hands of our Creator.

God not only gives us a new heart but also puts a new spirit within us.  It is a spiritual rebirth, where old things pass away, and all things become new.  It is a radical shift in perspective, a turning away from sin and towards righteousness.

The result of this is a heart of flesh.  It is sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, receptive to the needs of others, and quick to extend grace and forgiveness.  It is a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of God, overflowing with love and compassion for all His creation.

Let us proclaim the faithfulness of our God who promises to give us hearts molded by His grace and filled with His love.

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