Getting to the Heart of the Issue

Posted: September 4, 2009 in Sanctification

The illustration in Proverbs 4:23 is very helpful: It describes human life as a river, and the heart is the source from which the water flows. Our tendency is to see pollution and trash in our “life river” and try to pick the trash out of the river. We see a behavior problem, and we try to take care of the habit. This unfortunately will do us no good if we desire real change.  It doesn’t get to the source of the problem, which is upstream at the heart (Mk 7:20-23). Conversion in the gospel gives us a new heart and opens the door to progressive, holistic, and real change. And we don’t leave behind the message that converted us, we continue in the good news that God has freely justified us in Christ, because it is the way we truly grow in holiness.

“But the free pardon of the cross uproots sin, and withers all its branches. Only the certainty of love, forgiving love, can do this.” – Horatius Bonar


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