It’s Christmas time again and soon we’ll be starting the New Year. Many of us are more than ready to say good bye to 2020.
One of the most disturbing things we’ve seen this year has been the increasing lack of empathy people have towards each other. They’re fighting over masks, vaccines, the election, you name it! Social Media has become a hotbed of vulgarity and vicious attacks! Where on earth is all this hatred coming from?
What we’re witnessing finds its origin deep inside the heart of man. Contrary to what many believe, people are not basically good. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” And in 2 Timothy we read that in the final days people will be self-centered, lovers of themselves, obsessed with money, boastful, arrogant and prideful. That undeniably defines the present times.
The fact is, because we have all inherited the sinful nature of Adam, we are all infected with sin. Without God there is no telling what we are capable of. It is only when the heart of God enters the heart of man that a person can truly change. We need this truth to be firmly planted in our minds so we can grasp our desperate need for a savior.
Jesus Christ was born to be that Savior! Our God in His infinite love and mercy never intended to leave us in our dire condition. He sent His Son to pay our sin debt allowing us a way to escape Hell and receive the awesome Glory of Heaven.
God promises if we come to him through faith, repenting of our sins, He will remove our stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. As we submit to God as Lord and ask Him to save us, the Holy Spirit makes His home in our heart and we are changed to reflect the amazing love of Christ!