A&C pg 7
Obtaining a new heart is preceded by being told to flee from Babylon. Which suggests our hearts are set on the wrong stuff. They are set on the stuff of Babylon.
Consider this next quote in the context of a new heart:
“By getting in harmony with the Lord you find that, YOU are a lot more tolerable to others and others are suddenly more tolerable to you. Even defective others are more tolerable to you, if you’re in harmony with the Lord. Because if you can see them as the Lord sees them- they are beautiful, they are wonderful! Every one you have ever met is a child of your Heavenly Father and if you can get the heavenly gift then you stop seeing things through the lens of this world and you start seeing things as they really are.”
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This is different from how the world says to deal with intolerable people. This suggests as WE align with the Lord not only are we more tolerable people, but others are more tolerable to us.
But back to the phrase I wanted to write about in this post. "Obtain a new heart, for you have all been, wounded". The linking word "for" connects the need for a new heart with wounds. Our wounds create the need for newness. A healed heart. Hurt people tend to hurt people, healed people tend to help heal people. In another part of the A&C it says:
You bear the scars on your countenances, from the soles of your feet to the head, and every heart is faint. Your visages have been so marred that your hardness, mistrust, suspicions, resentments, fear, jealousies and anger toward your fellow man bear outward witness of your inner self; you cannot hide it. (pg 7)
Our hearts are faint. Our visages marred. Actions like hardness, mistrust, suspicions, resentments, fear, jealousy and anger display what is in us! It reveals us. It reveals the mess we typically try and hide. But we cannot hide it.
As I think about a "new heart" I'm reminded of a few related items that are prophesied for the last days that will become "new". Scriptures speak of all things being made new again. New heaven, new earth, new covenant, and new hearts. First with the new heaven and new earth:
"When the pole star changes, which happens about seven times every 25,900 years, anciently that change was called “A New Heaven”. Likewise there is a different constellation that appears at sunrise on the vernal equinox, and that constellation tells you what age you’re in. When there’s a new constellation on the horizon at the vernal equinox, that’s called a New Earth. There will be a New Heaven and there will be a New Earth when Christ returns."
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If we want to survive that return, we'll need a new heart. So how do we obtain a new heart? If there are signs in the heavens and earth to indicate when there is a "new" heaven or a "new" earth, what are the signs of a new heart? (see first quote above about being in harmony with the Lord)
7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
The verse teaches hearts change through faith on HIS name. Not faith in man, not faith in government, not faith in your associates. Faith on HIS name. His power, His grace, His love, His mercy and long suffering. I personally think we need a direct experience with Christ and His attributes. That is what changes us. But that only comes from repentance. But we are so easily distracted from the weightier matters onto trivial things. This next quote sums that up.
"Because this generation does not understand their precarious situation, they are unable to repent. But it is only repentance which can save some few souls. People are so quickly and easily drawn away from the challenge to repent before God into some other vain and foolish track."
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But if we do repent, speaking of latter day Israel: Ezekiel 36: starting in vs 26
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Jeremiah 31:33. Also speaking of latter day Israel.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The Lord's law is to be written in our hearts. Not on tablets of stone, due to a stony heart. Even that law was designed to break the stony hearts. We need the Lord to give us a new heart. Not pretend our heart is good. Or just refrain from letting the bad stuff out. We need a new one. And we can have confidence that he will, because he said he would, and his promises are sure. We need to find a true message from God, find humility within us to experiment upon the word, act in faith, believing we can receive, and gain light by living the light God promises he will give to those who sincerely and humbly ask. We need an open heart, a soft heart, a humble heart, new understanding, new feelings, in essence, a new heart.
Anciently the “heart” was considered the seat of understanding rather than emotion. Therefore an “open heart” belonged to the seeker, the asker, the knocker on the door. (See, e.g., Matt. 7:7-11.)
Other Sheep Indeed- By Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. © 2017 Presented at the Salt Lake City Sunstone Symposium