God showed me the difference of a tender heart and one that is hard. I have 2 vases with begonia cuttings to root. The one with soft, tender cuttings is already showing signs of roots. The other one has a stem that is hard, bent and tough. No roots are showing. These were picked and placed in the vases on the same day and time. The difference is growth comes when there is tenderness. It is a willingness to take the condition you are placed in, trust that the Master has a plan and thrive in it!
2 Kings 22:19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.
Ezekiel 11:19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,
Ezekiel 36:26 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.
2 Corinthians 3: 1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
~ Jeremiah 29:13, NLT
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Throughout His Word, God teaches us about our hearts and the love that He desires. Will we heed Him and let Him turn our stony indifference into a tender, living desire to love Him wholeheartedly with a tender heart for all that He is?