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On Sunday, Pastor Max shared a message called A New Heart.
He reminded us of the scripture in Ezekiel that called for people to turn around from their rebellious ways, clean house, and get a new heart and new spirit (Ezekiel 18:30-32).
Just like we need to clean our houses, cars, and bodies, we need to make sure that what's inside us is clean, and constantly being renewed by God.
Sometimes it's easy to harbor resentment, fear, anxiety, anger, and other negative feelings without constantly reexamining what's going on and asking God to heal us. And when we don't check what's on the inside, all these negative feelings will be evident in us. And that's what will come out when we're dealing with others.
What has been coming from your heart?
How are you dealing with others? Are you easily angered? Are you patient? Are your actions and words reflective of what's in your heart?
Mark 7:14-15 tells us: Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”
As Christians we should aim to have pure intentions in everything we do. We should always be ready to have a word of encouragement, advice full of wisdom, a lending hand. We are called to be ministers wherever we are. But we have to prepare for it, we have to pray, read the Word, examine our own lives. And clean anything that needs to be cleaned.
Reading the Bible helps us in this self examination:
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Ask God to help you see what's in your heart, and to clean everything that needs to be cleaned. Fill it with His word, His promises and His Spirit so you can find peace, boldness, joy, and you can become a living example of God's existence to others.
- Carolina Gomez