Journal Entry ~ 01/10/20

1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:1-2

As we continue to meditate this verse, we find the danger of not softening our hearts to hear other people's exhortations - the opposite will happen - our hearts will harden.  When we continue to hold our hand up as people in our lives try to reveal the truth about our hearts to us, if we continue to distance ourselves from the people God has sent into our lives to share the truth with us, if we continue to knowingly sin when confronted with the truths in our lives, eventually we will become unable to see our own sin. We lose the ability to see ourselves as others see us, or as God sees us. When our hearts are hardened, it becomes more difficult for His truth to penetrate, which means we need to be more broken for the truth to get in.

We are warned to protect our hearts throughout scripture. This is because a sinful, unbelieving heart causes us to become insensitive to God. It is like cancer that slowly eats away at our ability to trust and rely on Him. It doesn’t happen overnight, but over time, our hearts can become hard and insensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This happens when we are swept away by the deceitfulness of sin. The choice may seem insignificant at the time, but overexposure to the lure of this world will wreak havoc on your heart and your ability to trust God.

The remedy is to protect our hearts, choosing rather to be built up by the body. The problem is no one wants to hear about the evil living in our hearts - no one even wants to acknowledge its there.

Don't let your hearts become hardened against the truth. Pray for a soft heart and for a conviction to change when you are confronted with a difficult truth about your heart.  

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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