“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the story heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people and I will be their God.” -Ezekiel 11:19-20
I always thought having a heart of flesh is a bad thing. I mean, the Bible often tells us not to be enslaved by the lusts of our flesh and to lay down the desires of our flesh. So, for me, flesh = probably a bad thing spiritually.
But then I read this verse one day and spent some time praying and meditating on what exactly is a heart of flesh and why it’s something good that the Lord actually wants to give to His people. What I ended up with is a comparison of flesh and stone.
Like the fact that a stone is usually cold and hard (for awhile, a stone may be warm when it’s in sunlight, but soon it grows cold); while living flesh is warm and soft. Our hearts can also take each of these textures. A person with a heart of stone is likely unyielding, cold, rude, arrogant, stubborn, snobby, and rarely smiles or laughs. A person with a heart of flesh, on the other hand, is vibrant and alive with joy, warmth, comfort, hospitality, kindness, gentleness, and love.
But above all, unlike stone, flesh is responsive and it feels. When someone pinches you, you feel the pain and it might even leave a bruise. It’s the same with a heart of flesh: when someone hurts you, you feel that pain deeply and personally (it might even leave an emotional bruise!), but with time the pain and the bruises heal and fade away. A chipped, cracked or broken rock never heals or recovers though.
I think that’s what God wants for us: a heart of flesh that feels and is fully alive. A heart that aches in times of suffering and rejoices always. A heart that is warm and welcoming. A heart that yields and is constantly maturing. Pray for a heart life that. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.