Comfort of Pain

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”   Ezekiel 36:25-27 (ESV)   This Scripture is talking about what happens at salvation.  The Spirit of Christ lives within a person who has been truly converted.  They receive a new heart, “a heart of flesh” which indicates a tender, feeling heart in place of the unfeeling stone heart before salvation.  They are careful to obey God because that is what they want to do.  Their desires have been changed.  Have you ever felt as though to go to heaven you need to stop doing what you like and start doing what you hate?  Well, then this verse is telling you you don’t understand salvation, and probably aren’t saved yourself.  This verse also explains something else.  When a believer falls into sin (we all still do that from time to time) it hurts.  It isn’t something we want to repeat because we hate the sin we momentarily embraced, and this Scripture tells us why.  Our tender heart is now wounded when we stab it’s tender flesh with sin.  This is good.  It keeps us from sin and reassures us after our fall that we are indeed saved.  If you hate the sin in your life because it brings pain, that is a good sign, and it should be comforting.  Now stop stabbing your heart, stop betraying your savior and “Go, and sin no more!”  Not because you want to go to heaven, but because you are already headed there as a citizen!



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One Comment on “Comfort of Pain”

  1. revivalandreformation Says:

    After watching some of the videos on your site, I have cried more than not over how many times I have slapped my Saviour in His beautiful face with my sin and indifference. Truly, to sin–hurts, it hurts down deep inside and and it’s different than condemnation that comes from Satan, it is a good hurt, as you say, because it makes you run back to your Father with tears in your eyes and all you can say over and over again is sorry. Condemnation makes you hide. The beauty of it all is the fact that your loving heavenly Father will fling His great big arms open, grab you in a bear hug and shout joyfully over your repentance. Good stuff!!!


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