So far in this study of ‘heart’ passages, we’ve looked at the Lord’s work and the true nature of our hearts. Today I want to begin examining passages that speak of a transformed heart. What makes a heart committed to Jesus different from one that is not?
In Romans 12:1-2 Paul speaks of what a transformed life would look like. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Paul describes the believer as one who is sold out for God, desiring to please Him, being transformed by God and not brought down and conformed to this world. One that is transformed would have a changed heart. That heart change is what we will be looking at in the next few blogs.
The New Testament believers lived together supporting one another in their new faith. Acts 2:46 describes them. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,” Their encounter with Jesus reflected on their day to day life and gave them glad and generous hearts to view their world. Does your faith create in you a sense of thankfulness? Are you filled with Joy simply because you know Jesus?
In John 14:27 Jesus was speaking to his disciples shortly before facing the cross. He described the kind of heart the He would give to them in faith. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” A heart that loves and follows Jesus has no reason for fear or anxiety. 1 John 4:4 reminds us, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” The heart Jesus gives us is made for peace, loves peace and seeks peace. Do you have the peace that Jesus promised today? Look to Him, release all your worries and fears into His hands. He will give you His peace.
Take a few moments to think about your heart today. Do you feel generous and glad in heart because of Jesus? Do you have His peace in your heart? Be assured He intends for you to have a heart that is overflowing in all areas. I love the assurance of Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Jesus keeps His promises. Trust Him to give you generosity, joy and peace today.
My heart is new in Jesus each day,