Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon

Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon
Ezekiel 36:26
“I will… give you a heart of flesh.”
A heart of flesh is known by its tenderness concerning sin. To have indulged a foul imagination, or to have allowed a wild desire to linger even for a moment, is quite enough to make a heart of flesh grieve before the Lord. The heart of stone calls a great iniquity nothing, but this is not true for the heart of flesh.
“If to the right or left I stray, That moment, Lord, reprove; And let me weep my life away, For having grieved thy love.”
The heart of flesh is tender to God’s will. My will is a great blusterer, and it is hard to subject it to God’s will; but when the heart of flesh is given, the will quivers like a willow in every breeze of God’s Spirit. The natural will is cold, hard iron, which is not to be hammered into form, but the renewed will, like molten metal, is soon molded by the hand of grace. In the fleshly heart there is a tenderness of affections. The hard heart doesn’t love the Redeemer, but the renewed heart burns with affection towards Him. The hard heart is selfish and coldly demands, “Why should I weep for sin? Why should I love the Lord?” But the heart of flesh says; “Lord, You know that I love You; help me to love You more!” The renewed heart has many privileges; “Tis here the Spirit dwells, tis here that Jesus rests.” It is fitted to receive every spiritual blessing, and every blessing comes to it. It is prepared to yield every heavenly fruit to the honor and praise of God, and therefore the Lord delights in it. A tender heart is the best defense against sin, and the best preparation for heaven. A renewed heart stands on its watchtower looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Do you have this heart of flesh?

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