hard hearts

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36

Hardness of heart is part of what God promised to address in the new covenant given to his people. A heart compliant to God in both truth and love is what is needed in us all. To love God with all our being and doing, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is at the center of that.

On the way to such a heart (and we’ll always be on the way in this life; hopefully growing, but never fully arriving), we will have the need for a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51). A deep work of repentance over no less than the hard heart we have, and the sin of our hearts is what is needed. The Spirit and the word in and through Jesus and the gospel will do that work. We need to not only be open to that, but desire it. By faith over time we will be seeing God do the work. And yet God’s people are told to get a new heart themselves. In other words we are to be engaged in that work as well. Knowing at the same time that it is God’s work which makes this possible by the Spirit in and through Jesus.

(This new WordPress format which has started this week, is making my blogging a challenge since I’m confined to the tablet I have. So that I’m not able at the moment to do well what I ordinarily do on posts.)

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