Do you know anyone with a hard heart? Sadly, the answer to this question would be a “Yes”, by just about 100 % of the people who would be presented with this subject. Hard heartedness is one of the most difficult of all human conditions, both in its formation, as well as its affects upon the person, and its affects upon those who surround that person.
The range of reasons that forge and form a hard heart both in, and upon, a person’s life are nearly endless. The most grievous of all however, is to have a hard heart toward God. This is something that negatively impacts a person in life, and tragically, even more so, in death. The subject of this article however, is not to explore the reasons behind hard heartedness, but to look at what our heart attitude should be toward those who struggle with a hard heart.
Many times I think of Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character in Charles Dicken’s classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’. We can see through his life, even from childhood, how his heart began the process of being hardened through time and circumstances. One of the best scenes is near the ending when, on Christmas morning, after he was powerfully dealt with on Christmas eve, he was so happy to be alive, and became such a generous, joy-filled, loving, and giving man.‘Don’t let hard hearted people form a hard heart in you.’ Click To Tweet
We see in this classic story, that it took the combination of the supernatural, and the unconditional love of others, that brought about the changed heart and nature of what was previously a very bitter and hard hearted individual.
Don’t let hard hearted people form a hard heart in you. And, don’t be hard toward people with a hard heart. This does not mean that you wink at sin, enable it, or overlook improper behavior. However -if you Pray for them, and show them love – God – will change them. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, and when it comes to hard Hearts – only He can do the work!
‘GODS LOVE NEVER FAILS’