Engraved On My Heart


"The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It won’t be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant with me even though I was their husband, declares the Lord. No, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the Lord!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins." - Jeremiah 31:31-34

Some people teach that we should treat the Bible as a book of laws and rules to obey. While there are plenty of valuable rules to follow in Scripture, this view also poses some difficulties. For example, it's sometimes challenging to know what rules apply to us and our communities today, and which were for the Israelites, the Disciples, or the Pauline churches, for example.

Another difficulty: rules are easy to break! We can become discouraged when we realize we've broken the rules, or we can end up judging others who we think have broken the rules. These are especially tempting reactions when we separate God's rules from God's forgiveness; or when we only think about divine instruction coming from above us.

In today's scripture we hear about different kind of instructions – those that God will put on people's hearts. God's instruction rests within us, transforming us for the sake of relationship with Him. Remember the holiness that is within you, and listen up. He has written it all upon your heart!

God, you know all that is engraved on my heart – both the joys and the pains. Please engrave on my heart all I need to know in order to love others like You love them. Amen.
Oct 16 2018