You begin life with a selfish heart.
Everything you say is right and everyone else is wrong. It needs to be your way, you hurt people with the things you say and do but don’t care. If they hurt you, you harden your heart and cut them out of your life pretending they don’t exist.
But one day after making another selfish decision it doesn’t “feel” right. You wonder what this “feeling” is about…maybe your conscience? You shrug your shoulders and ignore the “feeling,” sometimes escaping and using things of the world to numb your heart.
This “feeling” happens often enough you begin to see other things, like how your selfishness hurts others. At first you react indifferent as if you don’t care, but deep inside you do. You begin to see “ugly” in you. It comes to the point when you can’t handle it anymore and you wonder, “Can I ever change?”
You strive to succeed. You try to be nicer to people, try to say nice things, but your thoughts reveal the authenticity of your heart…”ugly.” You still press forward and begin to do charitable deeds to feel good about yourself but it never lasts.
But one day you’re introduced to perfection—Jesus Christ. You don’t know Him but you know about Him and You want to be like Him. He’s so loving, patient and kind, all the things you know you are not. You begin going to Church, reading the Bible and you try to be like Him but fail every time. In fact, the more you read the Bible, the more you learn about the Holiness of God and the more you see your “ugly” heart and your inability to love God and others.
You “pour” out your ugly heart and begin to “mourn” and weep about the “ugly” in you. You feel hopeless and doubt there could ever be a change in your “ugly” heart. and you want a new heart. You are overwhelmed on where to begin in this change…then one day you meet Jesus for yourself and are invited into a reconciled relationship to KNOW the One that heals hurts and hearts…the scales fall of your eyes and you see:
- The only One that can change your heart is the one who created you–God the Father
- The only Way to get to God the Father is to be reconciled to Him for all those times you cherished your “ugly” heart and hurt Him and others
- The only Way to be reconciled to the Father is through Jesus Christ
- The only Way to get a new heart is to be born again
- The only Way to keep this new heart unstained by the world is to walk in the Light
The only Way to walk in the Light and be Revived is to place your faith in Jesus Christ:
- Believe Jesus came to save you from your “ugly” not condemn you
- Believe Jesus took the sacrifice for your “ugly” and it is finished
- Believe Jesus reconciled you to God the Father
- Believe you have been given the resurrection power to abstain from “ugliness”
- Believe Jesus is praying for you
- Believe God is faithful and righteous and will continue to forgive you of your “ugly” and cleanse you
So one day you give your “ugly” dark heart to God and He takes your heart of stone and gives you a heart of flesh and puts His Spirit in you, telling you the way to go and you begin to walk in the Light.
You know you are not perfect but believe God will complete the work He began you until the day Christ returns.
As you walk in the Light with your new heart you sometimes experience that same “feeling” and see “ugly” but now you don’t ignore this “feeling” and instead you daily pour out your heart to God and turn to Him and experience a new feeling a “burning.”
This “burning” is God refining you, making you more like Christ….isn’t that what you wanted? To be like Jesus Christ? That is what our Creator, your Father wills.
*The “ugly” is sin
*That “feeling” about sin is conviction
*That “pouring” about sin is confession
*That “mourning” about sin is godly sorrow
*That “turning” from sin is repentance
*That “burning” of sinful flesh is sanctification making you more like Christ
A change of heart only comes through God by turning from your sinful ways to God and placing your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Repentance towards God and faith in The Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith…is the lifestyle of a child of God.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22
‘”For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-21