The heart is central. This piece of real estate is where our true self resides. It has become our common practice to say, rightfully, “Invite Christ into your heart.” Yet we often miss the theological implications of that saying. Would Christ, through the Holy Spirit, dwell in anything that is evil, wicked, corrupt, or heinous? Never! So if he dwells in us, then what does that tell us about our hearts?

We have been sold the lie that our hearts are wicked. But that’s not what the Bible says about men who have been born anew in Christ.

The Bible doesn’t say, “Love the Lord your God with all your evil heart” (Matthew 22:37).
It doesn’t say, “I trust in your unfailing love; my wicked heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).

It doesn’t say, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the corrupted heart” (1 Peter 1:22).

It doesn’t say, “Believe in your heinous heart” (Romans 10:9).

It says, “I will give you a new heart” (Ezekiel. 36:26).

You have a new heart. You are a new creation. Living in this truth would be a game changer.

An excerpt from The Heart of a Warrior Journal Workbook.