God does not promise that He will improve our nature, or that He will mend our broken hearts. No- the promise is that He will give us ‘new’ hearts and right spirits. Human nature is too far gone ever to be mended. It is not a house which is a little out of repair, with here and there a slate blown from the roof, and here and there a piece of plaster broken down from the ceiling.
No; it is rotten through-out; the very foundations have been sapped; there is not a single timber in it which is sound; it is all rottenness from its uppermost roof to its lowest foundation, and ready to fall. God does not attempt to mend it. He does not shore up the walls, and repaint the door; He does not garnish and beautify, but He determines that the old house shall be entirely swept away and that He will build a new one.
It is too far gone to be mended. If it were only a little out of repair, it might be restored. If only a wheel or two of that great thing called “Manhood” were out of repair, then He who made man might put the whole to rights; He might put a new cog where it had been broken off, and another wheel where it had gone to ruin, and the machine might work anew. But no; the whole of it is out of repair; there is not one lever which is not broken; not one axle which is not disturbed.
“The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot unto the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.”
The Lord, therefore, does not attempt the repairing of this thing, but He says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.”By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Sep 5, 1858
Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26
Sermon No. 212
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:26-27
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;
...and that’s a beautiful thing!