A hard hearted person is closed to instruction, suggestions, constructive criticism, and feedback. They are resistant to change and pessimistic, seeing life only through their set of eyes. They cannot enjoy life and can make it difficult for others to enjoy theirs. They will make side remarks, condescending comments, and will look down on others, while propping themselves up as some great one.
Hard hearted people live hard lives. They aren’t very friendly, forgiving, or supportive unless there is a vested interest. They are usually loners not out of choice but because others may find it difficult to associate with them.
The Bible says that fallow ground must be broken up or tilled. A mere ‘you have to do better’ message is not enough for a person with a hardened heart. It would even be a miracle to hold such a conversation because you may barely get a word in edgewise if you are even able to finish the discussion at all. God has to till that heart. He has to lay the Blades to that hardened soil and rip it up. He rips in trials and tribulations because these are those things which brings a haughty person to their knees. These are they which brings them before Him with a ready ear.
You probably know someone right now whose heart is hardened. A hardened heart is usually the result of years of discouragement, disappointment, resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness to say the least. Just like the ground outside, it takes a while for a heart to harden but once it does, it is set.
My prayer today is for those with hardened hearts, those who despise counsel and instruction or even feel that they don’t need it. Anytime a person resists counsel, the Bible calls them fools. I pray for a ‘breaking up’ experience to occur in their lives that the Father will set His blade to the depth of where the hardness is and till. I pray they learn to appreciate those whom the Father has placed in their lives as hoes, axes, rakes, and shovels to keep their hearts pliable. I pray for hearts of compassion, forgiveness, understanding, and gentleness. I pray for hearts like Jesus.
Father, You spoke to me saying, “Woe to the man who has ascended so high within himself that he can no longer be reached. And blessed be the man who remains low that he is reachable, teachable, and approachable.”
Father, I thank You for the hoes, rakes, and shovels in my life. Thank You for keeping my heart tender to Your voice through them. Thank You for a heart of compassion.
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