If pictures say a thousand words, then this picture says a bunch!
This is not a blog about abortion, although I am pro-life and proud of it! This picture was taken by someone who was protesting the choice of our new President. President Trump’s mother’s name is Mary, but still, even so, this picture shows something much deeper. It shows the condition of the hearts of these individuals.
This blog is about hard hearts. Do you remember the Pharisees and spiritual leaders during Jesus’ time? Many of them had hard hearts. They had hardened their hearts to God’s love and mercy.
King Solomon wrote one of the best pieces of advice anyone could give, in Proverbs 4:23,
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
The condition of your heart determines how your life will turn out.
A person with a hard heart is often a person who has a lot of unresolved anger, a person who is not friendly, a person who blames others, a person who lashes out easily, a person who holds grudges and refuses to forgive.
A person with a hard heart doesn’t celebrate much and they don’t cry much, they are people who genuinely don’t care about others. They are people whose friendships and family relationships are mechanical in nature. A person who has a hard heart has a problem believing the best about others, they think about what is going to go wrong, not about what is going to go right.
Eventually, people with hard hearts build walls up around themselves and their hearts that keep them from moving towards a caring and loving God.
Having a hard heart is a self-induced condition. We are not born with a hard heart, it is a process that takes place in us. It comes first from not believing that God is who He claims to be and not believing that God’s Word is true. A great example of this would be Adam and Eve. Before they ate the fruits they were not supposed to eat, they made conscious decisions to not believe what God had said to them.
When we stop believing God’s Word is true we are then open to sin. What did Adam and Eve do when they did not believe God’s Word? They ate the fruit that God said to not eat. The first sin of mankind. Sin always makes the heart harder.
When the heart becomes harder then we refuse to repent of our sins, which only aids further in the hardening of the heart.
What is the solution?
How do we help others or ourselves when we have a hard heart?
Paul said in Romans 12:21,
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
With that in mind we need to remember that the Bible talks a lot about what is good and what is evil. It also talks about repentance when we do fall into evil. Repentance involves actively turning away from a life of disbelief and sin.
If we repent of our sins and turn to Christ we can begin to heal hardened hearts. We can feel again and love again. It is a much better road for sure than going through life with a hard heart.