February is a month that retailers, florists and card makers would like us to focus on love. Valentine’s Day is big business. They capitalize on the desire of people to find ways to express their love and friendship towards one another. God desires that we have a right heart before Him and attitudes, feelings and joys of the heart are of importance to Him. Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Our devotion and love for God is to be paramount in our daily walk with Him. As we move towards the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday, the 17 of February this year, I want to spend a few weeks talking about our hearts and seeing that they are realigned to Him before Lent begins. Join me on this brief look at the heart and be sure yours is in line with God and His desires for you.
What is the true nature of the heart? Scripture teaches the hard truth of what our hearts are like because of sin. Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” God knows the true nature of our hearts and is the only one who can transform a sin sick heart. He searches our heart, tests our mind and will evaluate us according to our deeds. This does not mean we have to earn our salvation. It means there will be a day of accounting where God looks at our actions. We are clean and purified by the blood of Christ, so He will not be looking at sin, but at our heart for Him. What causes you to do good or hard things for God? Is it love, devotion, thankfulness, or zeal for the gospel?
I totally identify with David’s plea to God in Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.” By nature our hearts are filled with sin but God can create a clean heart within us. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we can be transformed by faith in Him. Jesus is our pathway to cleansing, restoration and hope. Just like David, we have to desire it and ask God for it. He promises to renew our hearts and make them pure, and committed to Him.
Will you ask Him today to create a clean heart within you? It will be a new beginning and a step that pleases God, renews and revitalizes life, and brings hope and restoration. Ask Him today.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you have the power to transform my heart and make me clean and pure. Root out the sin that plagues me and bring me into a vibrant relationship with you. Create in me a clean heart that will be devoted and steadfast in loving you. Create in me a new life with new desires and new hopes that are firmly placed in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.