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Ciara Lilly is a Charlotte-area writer. Her faith-based column, Fishers of Men, is published here each Monday. Opinions expressed are solely her own. Visit her website at www.theresurrectloveproject.com.

If you’re reading this devotional, your heart is beating; you are alive. Like other living creatures, you possess the most essential organ -- a heart. But beyond the physical functions of our hearts lies a greater significance.

1 Samuel 16:7 says: “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

When God looks at us, His beloved children, He does not see the new outfit we bought. He does not see our credentials, the walls adorned with educational degrees; He doesn’t even look at our tithes sheet. God looks at your heart.

Luke 6:45 and Proverb 4:23 provide further insight.

Luke 6:45 states: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

And Proverb 4:23 states: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life.”

God looks at our hearts because He knows truth resides there. Your heart, in its purest, untainted state, cannot lie. God, our Father, searches our hearts to find the person He created. And sometimes He finds a heart that’s calloused. Sometimes, He finds a heart that’s weighed down by stress, depression, anger, sadness and every other heavy thing. And when that’s the case, God suits up to perform a spiritual heart transplant, and he says:

“…I will give you a new heart, a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” –Ezekiel 36:26

Maybe your heart, in its natural form, is A-okay, but what about your spiritual heart? Can you say the same for it? You don’t need medical examinations to check the health of your spiritual heart, listen to the words that are coming out of your mouth. As we read in Luke 6:45, “…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

If you know your heart is calloused and needs repairs, don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up on God and His plan for you. Find comfort in Matthew 13:15 and let God perform a spiritual heart transplant -- your life will never be the same.

“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn and I would heal them.” –Matthew 13:15

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