One night a group of Delaware Indians gathered around a bright, warm fire talking with their Chief.
“I’ve been thinking,” said one, “about the words of the missionary. He talked of a rule delivered by the Author of Christianity. It is known as the Golden Rule. Do you remember his words?”
“Tell me what it is,” said the Chief.
“In everything,” he said, “do to others what you would have them do to you.”
“That’s impossible,” said the Chief, “unless the Great Spirit who made man would give man a new heart.”
That is exactly what God promised to do for us and within us. He said, “I will give you a heart with new and right desires and I will put a new spirit within you.”
God wants us to be filled with His grace and treat others as He treats us. However, we cannot be who He wants us to be and do what He wants us to do unless we have that “new spirit.” No matter how we have lived or how badly we have treated others in the past, if we choose to accept Christ and do His work, He will put that new spirit within us to do as He would do.
Prayer: Lord, give us that new heart that we may live a new life that is God-honoring, Christ-exalting and Spirit-filled leading to acts of love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.