UCB Word For Today 9 April 2022 Saturday Daily Devotional Message (United Christian Broadcasters)
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TOPIC: A Heart of Flesh
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: ‘I will remove…your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’
Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
UCB Word For Today 9 April 2022 Devotional MESSAGE
When you have been hurt, it’s easy to put up barriers. But be careful – a protective shell can turn into a ‘heart of stone’: resistant, unreceptive, impenetrable even to God.
One Christian author writes:
‘The only thing more painful, and with…more serious ramifications than a broken heart, is a frozen one.…Paul warns us [about]…allowing our hearts to harden. “They are darkened in their understanding…separated from the life of God…due to…hardening of their hearts” (Ephesians 4:18 NIV). A soft heart is not weak or naive. To the contrary, wisdom, experience, and faith make for a strong heart, weathered by compassion and seasoned with mercy.
A hardened heart is not protected, it’s merely encased in injury, and it is painfully obvious to everyone but you…After a weekend that felt like one painful test after another, I called my best friend in tears. “Why won’t this end? How strong does God want me to be? I can’t take it anymore!” Being a godly woman…she replied, “Perhaps it’s the other way around. You have been strong enough. God wants your heart to be soft and open.”
I hadn’t thought of it that way. In response to heartbreak, betrayal, or shame, it is…easy to develop a heart of stone. We think this will protect us from…more pain. The problem with stone is…it feels nothing – no pain, but no love. It is a trap that feels like self-preservation, but it is actually self-destruction. [God] wants to give you a heart of flesh. With His love you can emerge from a painful season of loss with a heart that is yielding, porous, and ready to receive the gifts He has…for you.’
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