God’s Recycle Bin

“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.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 King James Version

One of the definitions in Webster’s Dictionary that I found for the word “recycle” is “to adapt to a new use”. That is exactly what our precious Saviour does with our hearts. He removes our old hearts that are full of sin, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, judgment, unforgiveness, criticism, hatred and sarcasm and He gives us new hearts. Our Saviour applies His precious atoning and redeeming blood to our cold hearts and He gives us hearts of unconditional love for others.

I had so much hatred, unforgiveness, resentment and bitterness in my heart for the ones who had hurt me and especially for the two people who had raped me. I didn’t trust anybody and didn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. I had been told by some of my teachers in grade school, in high school and even in college that I was stupid and would never be able to contribute anything to society. As a result of hearing so many people tell me that I was stupid and no good, I didn’t think I had a right to live and didn’t want to live. I tried to take my life several times.

On August 14, 1980, a day that changed my life forever, the day that I gave my heart to Jesus, my precious Saviour came to me as I lay underneath a bed in a mental hospital afraid of everyone and everything. He came to me when I couldn’t go to Him. He put His arms of compassion and unconditional love around me and lifted me up from under that bed.

He said something to me that I had never heard in all my life from anybody and I am sixty five years old. My loving Saviour whispered softly and tenderly in my ear “I love you, Joanne. I will never let anyone hurt you again. It is safe for you to come out from under this bed because I will protect you and I will never leave you, not even for one minute.” My precious Saviour has kept His word and has been faithful to me because He has not left me, not even for a minute. What a friend! What a Saviour, this Jesus of Nazareth!

Squire Parsons has written one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life “He Came To Me”. I was in church the first time I heard this song and my pastor and everyone started shouting “Amen”. Some of the words in this beautiful song are “He came to me, O, He came to me. When I could not come to where He was, He came to me. That’s why He died on Calvary; When I could not come to where He was, He came to me.”

I get all choked up with love and gratitude for what He did for me on the cross. I know that He did it for you, but He did it for me! Tears roll down my cheeks when I think of my precious Saviour loving me enough to come to me when I couldn’t go to Him. Have you allowed God to recycle your sinful heart and replace it with a new heart, a heart that is filled with love and forgiveness for others? If not, ask Him to forgive you and allow Him to remove everything that hurts Him and brings shame to Him.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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