I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
My grandmother carefully pulled open the top of her bathrobe to reveal the line of tape running down the center of her chest-bone and covering the surgical incision from her repaired heart. As a little boy, I could already understand the seriousness of a damaged heart.
The human heart is essential to life. Without its powerful pumping action 115,200 times per day, you would die.
In the Scriptures, the image of the heart is used as a symbol of the whole nature of the inner person. It is the seat of man’s being where desires, fear, faith, love, pride, joy, sorrow, emotions, sin, and evil resides.
The Bible never describes God as a divine surgeon repairing man’s sinful heart. Instead His promise is to give a new heart. The symbolic heart of stone, ever-resistant and rebellious toward God, must be wholly replaced with one of flesh. Only after getting a new heart are you able to love and serve Him.
Salvation isn’t a matter of “giving your heart to Jesus”; it’s a matter of Him giving you a new heart.
And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live (Deuteronomy 30:6).