Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2018

Circumcise

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Deuteronomy 10:16 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (NIV)

To circumcise the penis, they remove a layer of skin called the foreskin.  To circumcise our hearts, we are to remove the layer of our heart called self-centered.  We are to make our heart open and vulnerable to the love of God and, through Him open to share His love with others.  Being stiff-necked is being closed to the needs, feelings and/or ideas of others and putting our own needs, feelings and/or ideas first and foremost in our thoughts, actions and life.  But we don’t like to circumcise our hearts.  We want to protect ourselves from the unknown.  This is a lack in trust and faith in the One Who loves us and only wants His best for us.  Since our sinful, fleshly nature is on the timid side of circumcising our hearts we must give way to the Holy Spirit within us.  We must ask Him to circumcise all the layers in our hearts that would block His love and prevent us from sharing His love with others.  Let us relax our necks and allow the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts, removing that stiff, tough skin and allowing the softness and gentleness of God’s love and forgiveness to permeate us.

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