God replaces our sinful hearts with a new one.
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
The world is broken. We are broken. We are full of sin.
In a world of chaos and suffering, all we can control is our own actions. And sometimes it appears we can barely do that. From the seemingly insignificant wrongs to the full blown shameful acts, we all end up doing what we know is wrong. Paul in his letter to the Romans puts it quite simply, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) Sometimes it’s just so hard. To continually be dying to self and attempting to deny the sinful desires of our hearts. I can’t be the only one that thinks it’s all just a bit much sometimes.
But I do know, where our strength ends, God’s begins. Thank goodness he is stronger than our hearts; that his love is not dependant on us. Thank goodness that we don’t have to work for our salvation, because I know for a fact that I could never stack up. I’m so thankful that even though we still sin, God has given us a new heart and a new identity. We are no longer under Adam’s curse but have been brought into freedom by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
“Our weakness is a vessel for his power and our flaws are a canvas for his grace.” – She Reads Truth
Head: What times have you gone along with the sinful desires of your heart?
Heart: How does it feel to know God loves you despite your sinful heart?
Hands: How can you daily respond to the truth of God’s love and saving grace?
Prayer: Lord thank you so much that you gave your Son for me. Please use my life for your glory. Give me strength to deny my sinful desires, and when I don’t, help me to repent and turn back to you. Thank you that you are with me always by your Spirit. May it cause me to dwell on your goodness always. Amen
A song to listen to: Be Thou My Vision