Read Ephesians 4:22-24.
In every believer’s heart there is a constant struggle between the old man and the new. We are to put off the old and put on the new!
As with a garden, if we don’t dig up the roots of the weeds in our hearts, they will overtake our hearts and choke the life right out of us! The fleshly roots of our hearts wrap themselves around and cling to the most distasteful and worthless things, making way for the weeds of sin to sprout in our hearts. However, if we instead dig up the weeds, all the way down to the roots that are wrapped around our sins, and separate them from the roots of righteousness in our hearts placed there by Christ, we enable the good roots to penetrate deep into the rich soil – into Christ – into the river of living water. A color-filled, fragrant, and abundant life will begin to blossom. We will be rooted and established in Love himself.
As we move through this process of searching our hearts, we must always remember the gospel. Always remember who He is and what He has done. If we are in Christ, we have been given new hearts. We have been given the desire for righteousness, holiness, and truth. We have been rescued and cleansed and have had our sin paid for in full by the blood of Christ! When we are in Christ, the Father sees us through Him. We are precious in His sight, and He adores us with a love we have a hard time comprehending. Will you choose to believe that He loves you, right where you are – imperfect, sinful, yet distinctly His? He loves you, not because of your performance, but because of your position in Christ. Be patient and allow Him to lead and do His work, His way.