How to Have a Change of Heart

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“Trust your heart.” You’ve heard it said many times. You’ve probably even said it a few times yourself.

When a young person has to choose between two equally good colleges, their parents might tell them, “just trust your heart.”

When a woman knows that two men are interested in her romantically, and she has to decide which one she will date or marry, her friends might tell her, “just trust your heart, girl.”

When a man has two equally good job offers, and he can’t seem to decide which one to accept, his friends might tell him, “just trust your heart.”

“Just trust your heart” — it’s pretty popular advice, but it might not always be the best advice.

Do you know what the Bible says about the human heart? It says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Why do we sin, do bad things, and make mistakes? Because of our hearts, which the Bible says are “desperately wicked.”

Many parents have lamented the fact that their children don’t have to be taught to do wrong, but they do have to be taught to do what is right. Why? Because their hearts, from birth, are wicked. In fact, the Bible says in Psalm 58:3, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”

Why do so many people struggle with drugs and pornography — returning again and again to these sins and vices even though they know their lives are being ruined by them and that they are becoming addicted? Because of the heart. God says that the heart is “desperately wicked.” That is so true; the heart so often leads us astray.

Why is it so easy for “good kids” — who come from good families and have everything that money could buy — to be influenced by negative peer pressure and end up ruining their lives dealing in drugs or crime and ending up in prison? Why? Because the heart is “desperately wicked.”

Why do men and women, regardless of age, race, and ethnicity, lie, cheat, steal, commit fornication, commit adultery, hate, and kill. Why? Because the heart is “desperately wicked.”

You see, it’s not always a good idea to trust your heart.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” This verse tells us that every person is going to be judged according to the sinful deeds of their hearts. This judgment is not only the natural consequences of bad actions, but it also refers to the eternal consequences of continuing to follow the natural inclinations of our sinful hearts.

What are these eternal consequences? First, the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” We die because of our sins. And, if we are still in a sinful state when we die, we will suffer eternal punishment in a place call Hell. The Bible says in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” This is the awful place our sinful hearts will lead us to.

How can we avoid going to this place?

1. We must have a change of heart regarding our sins. We must choose to agree with God, that we are sinful and that we deserve punishment. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Are you willing to admit to yourself and to God that you are a sinful human being?

2. We must realize in our hearts that we are incapable of saving ourselves. Unfortunately, we cannot live perfect lives and we cannot save ourselves from the punishment that we deserve. In short, we need a Savior. We need someone who lived a perfect life. We need someone who will take the punishment that we deserve.

That person is Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God and the only Person who ever lived on this earth without sinning. Yet, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ died on the cross and suffered the wrath of God. Listen to these words from Isaiah 53: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed…”

What this passage tells us is that the reason why Jesus Christ died on the cross and suffered the wrath of God is because He was doing it for us. He died the death that we should die, and He took the punishment that we deserve. He is the Savior that we need. As John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son [Jesus Christ] into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

3. We must choose to allow Jesus Christ into our hearts. Jesus Christ is the only Person who can change our sinful hearts and save us from death and eternal punishment in Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Believing in Jesus Christ is a choice you must make. If you make this choice, God has a promise just for you in the pages of Scripture: “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.”

Do you want to have a change of heart today? Do you want to receive Jesus Christ into your life and into your heart so that He can give you a new heart, mind, soul, and spirit, as well as the assurance of eternal life in Heaven with God? Then I urge you to repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and ask Him to come into your heart and life and save you right now. The Bible says in Romans 10:9,13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please pray with me the following prayer to seal your decision once and for all: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new-found faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God bless you!