I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
It is very hard to honor our fathers, God, or anyone else when our hearts have been hardened. But if you are reading this, allow me to encourage you- you must have a desire to forgive and be healed.
This topic reminds me of a Biblical character named Pharaoh. The Bible says Pharaoh’s heart was hardened against God (the Father). The missing element in Pharaoh’s life was honor.
He failed to yield, to give respect, or to honor the God of the Israelites. Pharaoh eventually gave honor tot he Lord, but it was at his own expense.
When our hearts become hardened due to life’s difficulty or pain, we must remember that honor is a choice. We don’t have to remain forever calloused.
Multiple times in my own relationship with my father, the Lord has convicted me about three acts of love. He has asked my hardened heart to express love as I forgive, confess, and restore.
I’ve had to forgive my father, confess that I was wrong for holding anger and resentment against my dad, and then make a commitment to restoring him back to his rightful place in my life. This process has not always been easy, but in return for my obedience, I’ve seen my father travel for hours just to kneel at my feet, weeping words of godly sorrow.
It was through my place of humility that God brought healing, restoration, and the healthy relationship I desired. He wants to do the same for each of us as we listen to His leading.
In fact, He promises to give us a softened, loving heart if we receive by faith, saying, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
So go and be bold; don’t be afraid to exemplify love, because you will be glad you took a step of faith. Even if your father (or others) do not respond the way you desire, you will be able to say you have obeyed a very important part of God’s Word, and your heavenly Father will always be there to carry you.
Let’s Practice This Truth Together:
That it may go well with you in the land the LORD your GOD is giving you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)
Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you with any needed areas of change in your life. Ask Him:
- Is my heart hardened? Do I need more humility or a new heart from You? Ezekiel 36:26
- Is there any forgiveness that You want me to show to my father?
- Is there anything that I need to confess to You or to my earthly father? Search me, Lord, and know my heart…(Psalm 139:23)
- Is there any restoration needed in my relationship with my father?
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the answers, and then make plans to live out anything He reveals.
Talk to others who don’t know Jesus about the transformational power of our heavenly Father.
I hope you had a Happy Father’s Day!
Here’s a pic of me and the hubby on daddy’s day this year. This was a fun look I achieved through basics in my wardrobe and thrift store finds!
Get the Look:
Sleeveless Tank- JCPenney ($9.99), Old Navy, Cato ($7.99, many colors), The Limited ($24.90, classic colors, satin- great for dressy outfits). The key to a dressier look is to buy “seamless” not “ribbed”
Let’s be beautiful both inside and out with hearts ready to love from the deep place we have been embraced! Have a sweet blessed week…