A Judeo-Christian Bible Study
Subject-Verse Index
God does not want man to love God because man has to, but because man wants to. Neither does God want man to do the right thing [keep God's commandments, please God, do God's will] because man has to or is afraid of not doing the right thing, but because man wants to from his or her deepest parts do the right thing, that is, the thing that God wants us to do. God wants His laws, statutes, commandments, and will to guide us from the inside out, not from the outside in. God wants His righteousness to flow not from a stony [hard, unfeeling] heart but a fleshy [soft, tender, feeling] heart in which God is the center.
Pertinent verses:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts [the nearest part, the deepest part, the center], and write it in their hearts [themselves, breast, heart, mind, understanding]; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new [renewed, rebuilt, fresh, repaired, i. e., reborn] heart also will I give you, and a new spirit [breath, mind, understanding] will I put within you: and I will take away the stony [hard, unfeeling, stubborn] heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh [feeling, flexible, obedient]. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God (Ezekiel 36:24-28).