Ezekiel 36:26 I will plant a new heart and a new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh.
I love those makeover shows where they take a house that has some issues and remake it into a comfortable, hopefully trouble-free home. They make it look so easy.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it would be possible to have a heart makeover? That we could just rip out those things that we don’t like and rebuild it?
Having a stepson with bipolar disorder has brought out some things in my heart that I do not like – judgmental words and thoughts, stubborn attitudes. Just the other day I was looking for something and immediately assumed that he had taken it and not returned it. When I found it a few minutes later, I was relieved that I hadn’t said anything to him. I should have been embarrassed that I had mentally accused him in the first place. And it wasn’t the first time I had done it.
So I had to ask God to forgive me for the kabillionth time.
That’s one reason I like this verse from Ezekiel. God promises that He can change my heart – a makeover. Does it say, “I’ll only do it once then you’re on your own”? Of course not.
God is so patient with me (and you), and He will do heart surgery as often as it is needed when we come to Him in repentance.
I actually have seen some difference in my relationship with my stepson. I don’t jump to conclusions quite as often. I see him with more compassion than I did at first. I pray for him in a different way.
I used to say a “God rebuke him” prayer. (I’ll bet you’ve done that, too, haven’t you?)
Now I pray, “God bless him.”
So have hope, my friend. God is all about the process of making us more like Christ. It takes time, and God’s patience is without limits.