Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 11:17 & 19 which say,
““Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Okay in this verse the Lord had mercy on the Israelites, again. The Israelites were sinning and in this verse it tells us that they had a heart of stone. So the Lord had mercy on them and was going to bring them back and He was going to give them a heart of flesh. In this verse we see that God is not only a God of wrath but a God of mercy, even though we can’t comprehend it the Lord is a just and merciful God.
And like the Israelites God had mercy on us. How? By sending His son to die on the cross for us. Jesus had mercy on us and died for us. The son of God died, for us? I’m a bit confused, why would He do that? Well let’s get this straitened out, John 3:16 explains it perfectly,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)
Jesus came down from heaven to die for our sins. And the reason that He died for us was because He loved us. We had a heart of stone and we were terrible sinners, but when Jesus died for our sins He gave us a new heart, one that loves Christ and wants to follow His example. Jesus brought us back like a shepherd helping lost sheep.
In fact we don’t only have a new heart, but a whole new spirit. We don’t have the “old man” anymore, we just have the new man. That doesn’t mean we don’t have flesh and that we don’t sin, but we should want to follow Christ’s example (which is our new “law”) and not to sin.
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. Also we have a new heart and a new spirit because Christ gave that to us.
Are you trusting in Jesus as the sacrifice that atoned for your sins?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland