In Need of a Heart Transplant
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Jesus, Luke 6.45
Our bad and angry is more than minor infractions that can be written off as a bad hair day or excused as “that’s just how I blow off steam." Our grumpiness, our shouting, our rants and raves, our simmering, cold bitterness are symptoms of treacherous rebellion against God Himself.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. The clenched teeth, the rising blood pressure, the cold grudge, the lashing out, betray a critically sick hear
Turning from the sins of bad and angry in our own strength will end in failure. We will lose desire and power for the battle that such sin requires.
But the Gospel!
We are offered the gift of repentance! There is one who has too been tempted to bad and angry and yet who has won. There is one who died to bear the punishment for our sins. He offers to wash us clean and transplant His heart into us, refreshing us with joy and fueling our desire and power to beat sin. Jesus.
Gavin Ortlund of desiringGod has written a good aritcle called Four Steps toward Joy in Repentance. I especially love his last few lines,
Such an incredible love changes the tone of our repentance. It gives us gladness amidst the sorrow. It shines a light when we are sitting in the darkness. And it give us hope that our broken bones can sing again.
May you see Jesus’ gift of repentance to you, repent of your sin, and find joy and strength in His heart living in you.
Here's the good read by Gavin:
There is a kind of joy in repentance. I say “a kind of” because repentance is also arduous, humbling, exacting. Think of Jean Valjean writhing in agony during his soliloquy: “I feel my shame inside me like a knife!” Or Eustace Clarence Scrubb being “un-dragoned” by Aslan: “it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt.” Read the rest of the article here.