“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31: 33
Too many people have bought the lie: “If I do enough, then I will be good enough.” But, the truth is – we will never be good enough. And that’s ok; because God offers us forgiveness through Jesus’ death on the cross. The problem, however, is that too many people are still trying to earn their way to God. They are stuck with a head-knowledge of God, rather than a personal, life-changing experience of the heart.
You see, when we finally experience the truth of the good news of Christ on a personal level – lives begin to change. The undeserved grace and forgiveness that comes from faith in Jesus begins to transform our hearts. And as hearts change, lives change. Suddenly, our desires begin to line up with God’s desires. We have an inner want to and an empowerment to do so because of the grace that we’ve received. Life change begins in the heart.
Are you struggling with restlessness in your life? An uneasiness in your spirit? Maybe you’ve never really encountered God on a ‘heart’ level. Maybe you’re like too many people calling themselves Christians, but who have a head-based faith. You believe the Bible, but have never really understood it on a personal level. Or, maybe you’ve rejected God because of the actions of flawed people in the name of religion.
The truth is simple: no matter your past, your pain or your doubts, God’s love offers us peace. God’s grace offers us a fresh start. God’s forgiveness frees us from our past sins and shame. Knowing God’s heart begins to transform our own hearts – and that is life-changing. The greatest miracle in life is a transformed heart.