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Give the Lord Time to Give You a New Heart

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It’s hard as someone with past traumas and present mental health challenges to not feel like something is wrong with me. In moments of difficulty, I’ve often thought of the teachings of Ezekiel about receiving a new heart:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

I’ve wanted a new heart from the Lord many times. I’ve feared that my heart has become too hardened from facing the bitter battles of life. Through both covenant and conviction, I’ve tried to present my heart to him. To offer it up, as battered and bruised as it is, upon the altar. I longed for the renewal and sensitivity Ezekiel spoke of. Throughout this process, I’ve learned more about how the Spirit works and what it means to have a new heart.

While I believe we will all eventually receive the grand fulness of this experience through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I’ve found gaining a new heart has more to do with the joy of repentance and accepting the grace of Christ than any sort of unwitting change in ourselves. If you’re like me, perhaps you’ve wondered why it’s taking so long to feel like your new heart has been placed in your chest. When I’ve asked the Lord about this, He has always responded, “You have given me your heart. Trust that I know what to do with it.” A mighty change of heart comes more in the day-to-day decisions of our lives as bring our broken selves to Christ and strive to follow Him.

I’ve also learned the Lord treasures broken things much more than we do. I’ve thought, “Why would you want a heart like mine? Just give me a new one that will suit Your purposes better!” He responds and reminds me that some of the things I want to rid myself of most are what make me into a more refined and celestial being, capable of serving Him in ways I’ve never thought of before. It is good to seek a new heart, but we also shouldn’t throw away the one we have just because it’s hurting.

A new heart is one that recognizes the temptations of the natural man and the promptings of the Spirit. A new heart is one that trusts in the Lord when everything seems to be going wrong. A new heart is one that is tender and open before God, no matter what emotions we may be feeling. A new heart also understands the power of emotions and feelings and tries not to be controlled by them. A new heart only comes through the grace and power of Jesus Christ. This is the process of a lifetime. Be patient with yourself and with the Lord as this new heart develops within you.

What have you learned from this scripture in Ezekiel? What does it mean to you to have a new heart?

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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