‘A new heart also will I give you.’–EZEK. 36:26
WHY does God promise this? Because our old hearts are so evil that they cannot be made any better; and so nothing will do any good but giving us a quite new heart.
Because we cannot make a new heart for ourselves; the more we try, the more we shall find we cannot do it; so God, in His great pity and kindness, says He will give it us.
Because unless we have a new heart we cannot enter the kingdom of God, we cannot even see it! Without this gift we must be left outside in the terrible darkness when ‘the door is shut.’
What is the difference? The old heart likes to be naughty in some way or other; either it likes to be idle, or it likes to let out sharp words, or to go on being sulky or fretful instead of clearing up and saying, ‘I am sorry!’ The new heart wants to be good; and is grieved when a temptation comes, and does not wish to yield to it; and would like to be always pleasing the Saviour.
The old heart is afraid of God, and does not love Him, and would much rather He were not always seeing us. And it does not care to hear about Jesus, but would rather be just let alone. The new heart loves God and trusts what He says, and likes to know that He is always watching it. And it is glad to hear about Jesus, and wants to come closer to Him.
The old heart is a little slave of Satan, taking his orders, and doing what he wishes. The new heart is a happy little servant of Christ, listening to His orders, and doing what He wishes.
Oh, how happy and blessed to have this new heart! All God’s own children receive it, for He has said, ‘I will give them one heart’; that is, all the same new heart. Do you not want to have it too? Then ‘ask, and you shall receive’; for He hath said, ‘A new heart also will I give you!’
‘Oh for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free!
A heart that always feels Thy blood,
So freely shed for me.
A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My dear Redeemer’s throne;
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.’
Frances Ridley Havergal from MORNING BELLS, Fourteenth Day