This doesn’t sound like the best topic for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t this supposed to be a day devoted to love?
I’m not sure where that tradition came from, but the truth is that the human heart doesn’t know much about real, true love. Not in its original, un-regenerated state.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Last week’s post asked a question: how about your heart, is it right with God?
Some people mistakenly believe that God’s judgment will be based solely on the works they do.
I’ve heard: “If my good works outweigh my bad works, I’ll get into Heaven.”
Or: “I’m a good person. Why wouldn’t I go to Heaven?”
Because the ticket to Heaven has nothing to do with works or being good. It’s a heart matter.
And if your deceitful, wicked heart isn’t somehow made right with God BEFORE you pass from this life, there’s no hope of getting in to Heaven.
For those who claim they can be good enough to make it into Heaven, I challenge them to look at the two commandments Jesus said were the greatest.
- Love God (with all your heart)
- Love your neighbor
And there’s no way a desperately wicked heart can love a holy God. That means you can’t keep these commandments; therefore, you’ll never be “good enough” for Heaven.
But He made a way to change your heart.
Jesus did the work for redeeming wicked hearts. But it won’t happen automatically.
“With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:10
That’s right. Your wicked heart can only do one thing right: believe.
What do you believe about Jesus?
Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life on Earth (because He is God) and died by crucifixion in order to pay a debt YOU (and me) owe. His resurrection three days later settled things because He defeated death.
Whatever you believe about Jesus, that’s the start to getting a new heart.
But it isn’t the only thing. Notice the second half of Romans 10:10.
Your mouth must make a confession. In the Bible, confession generally means “say the same thing.” In order to get a clean heart, you have to say the same things about your sin and your lost state as God says.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
Admit it. You’re not fooling anyone about being a pretty good person. You’re a sinner and you sin.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23
This is what God says about sin. It carries a death sentence. Agree with God (that’s part of confession). Tell Him you know that as a sinner you deserve death.
Then claim the truth in the second half of Romans 6:23. Ask for eternal life.
Then guess what happens? You get 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.
Don’t settle for having a wicked heart this Valentine’s Day. Get a new, shiny and clean one instead.