Yesterday we looked at I John 1:9 and how when we confess our sins God faithfully forgives us.
But God does more than forgive us, he also changes us. He gives us a new heart and new mind.
I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them. I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.Ezekiel 11:19
This passage from Ezekiel was written during the Babylonian captivity. The Babylonians were cruel and harsh. Living in Babylonian captivity would have been hard. Daily life would have been a struggle.
But God sends a message through Ezekiel, the prophet, that he is still working and there will be a day when the people will be restored. This verse has an immediate application in that the Jews were released and returned to Jerusalem, but also when Jesus would come. It’s through the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus we can have a new heart and new spirit described by Ezekiel.
God is still working in you, too. Day by day he is giving you one heart (the heart and mind of Jesus). Philippians 1:6 tells us that God started a good work in us and he will continue working in us until he returns.