Riley, our oldest grandchild, told Owen, her 1st cousin just this past week, “Owen, my heart was so sad yesterday.” I listened intently as this 5 year old shared her heart with her cousin who is 3 months different in age. How did Riley know to say, “My heart is sad?” I don’t know, but I do know that each of us have 2 kinds of hearts; the heart that pumps blood and the heart that feels emotion.

“I love you with all my heart” you may say. Or, you may say, “In my heart you know that what I’m saying is true.” What about, “My head told me one thing but my heart told me another.”

Idioms are also used regularly by you and me. “Cross my heart”, meaning to tell the truth is an often used idiom. Another is, “That does my heart good” meaning I’m happy about the information I’ve just heard. I might say that “I know a song by heart” meaning that I have it memorized. One of my favorites is “You are a person after my own heart” meaning that you feel or think the same thing about a situation.

The Bible speaks about our heart. God made us emotional beings. He knows that we are up and down. We are capable of feeling sad and happy. We can laugh or cry, hurt or heal from the hurt. Because of how God made us, He allows us to choose what we do with our emotions. We can control them or they can control us. Through our emotional ups and downs, God would have us to make good and godly choices so that our heart remains in a state of spiritual growth. God wants to use you and me through each emotional trial.

God gives us specifics concerning our heart in Ezekiel 36: 26, 27. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

You and I can have a heart of stone. A stone cannot be molded into something else.. It’s a hard, unmovable rock that will not bend. It is not able to be used as anything except for a hard stone. The Bible tells us that my heart and your heart can be like a stone.

Ask yourself these questions, “Do I have a stony heart that is filled with pride?” Pride simply says that my way is the right way. “Do I have a stony heart that is filled with guilt?” Guilt keeps you and me from trusting God and moving on. The 3rd question to ask is, “Do I have a stony heart filled with hurt?” Hurt is the emotion that often hinders us from Christian growth. Hurt is a progressive sin that adds layers to a stony heart. The layers are addressed in Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” These progressive sins lead to a heart of stone. One that is not pleasing or usable for God’s glory.

Instead of a stony heart, you and I need a heart of flesh that is mentioned in Ezekiel 36:26. A heart of flesh is moldable, teachable, and able to be touched and affected by its surroundings. This type heart is sensitive to right choices and the needs of others. Ephesians 4:32 perfectly describes this emotional heart, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. God promises that He will take away the stony heart and give me a heart of flesh. He will also put His Spirit in me. What a wonderful transaction! God will help me every step of the way! Read Ezekiel 36: 26 and 27 over and over and allow it to penetrate your heart. My heart is the center of my feelings, intuition, sympathy and affection. My heart affects my spirit, courage, enthusiasm and spiritual growth. Ask yourself, “Will I choose a stony heart or a heart of flesh?” Choose a heart of flesh today!