What is the most common affliction that plagues people in North America? Heart trouble. More than any other ailment, it is the disease that causes an early death.
But there is an affliction even more deadly than a malfunction of the organ that pumps blood through our bodies. It is a spiritual heart disease from which everyone suffers. â€œAll have sinned and fall short of the glory of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23).
Here is the diagnosis made by Jesus Christ, the greatest of all heart specialists: â€œOut of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a manâ€ (Matthew 15:19-20). His words echo the verdict of Jeremiah 17:9, â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wickedâ€.
Our hearts, as organs, keep us alive, but the desires of the heart cause us to sin against God. What can we do about it? â€œIf you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be savedâ€ (Romans 10:9).
Will you, this moment, give your life â€“ past, present and future â€“ into the hands of the Great Physician, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His lifeâ€™s blood that you may have a new heart? Ask Him for a spiritual transplant.
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