How do we know we’ve had a change of heart?

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How do you know you've had a change of heart over something? Summer Sizzle

Ah….it’s summer! Flip-flops, sunglasses and sunburns; they just make me giddy! {it doesn’t take much}

Ya know what else makes me giddy? It’s the fact that in June and July I’m featuring 8 other amazing writers once a week for your reading pleasure. So put down your book friends, and pick up that phone, tablet or PC because the articles I’m sharing are the hottest on the web! That’s right, it’s the Summer Sizzle series! (say that 5 times real fast)

My friend Deb is kicking off weak 1. She has written for Fiercely His before, but I’m so honored to have her back. She is wise and kind and one of my favorites!

Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23–24

You and I know it’s important to allow God to change our hearts. But I wonder…

How do we know if our heart is changing?

Can our coworkers, friends, and family tell our heart is changing?
Can strangers see Jesus in us?
Do changed hearts change lives?

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So, I did some research and found:

30 Qualities Found in a Heart Changed by God

How do we know we've had a change of heart about something?

1. Loves God and Others

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”Matthew 22:37–39

2. Has Child-like Faith – Trusts God and His Word

So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them, and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2–3

3. Has Compassion

Jesus said, “You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:36

4. Has Contentment

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 1 Timothy 6:6–7

5. Has Courage

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13–14

6. Is Faithful

Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31–32

7. Is Forgiven and ForgivingInstead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving

Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgivenn you. Ephesians 4:32

8. Is Gentle

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2

9. Is Genuine

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10

10. Is Good 

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

11. Is Gracious

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

12. Is Hopeful

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12

13. Is Humble

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3–4

14. Has Integrity

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Psalm 119:1

15. Is Joyful

Always be joyful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

16. Is Just

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. Matthew 5:6

17. Is Kind

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

18. Is Merciful

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7

19. Is Obedient

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. John 14:15–16

20. Is Patient

Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

21. Is Peaceful

Dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight. 2 Peter 3:14

22. Perseveres

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:36

23. Has Purpose

He is working in you. God is helping you obey Him. God is doing what He wants done in you. Philippians 2:13

24. Is Relational

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

25. Is Respectful

Worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.   But do this in a gentle and respectful way.  1 Peter 3:15–16a

26. Responsible

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:4–5

27. Has Self-Control 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23

28. Is Thankful

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15

29. Is Trustworthy

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29

30. Is Truthful

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Ephesians 4:32  Changed hearts and lives aren’t perfect, but they trust that God is able to continue the work He has begun in them. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

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Deb is a passionate blessing counter who loves to study the ways faith and life intersect. This year at Counting My Blessings, she is sharing The Relationship Project – How One Relationship Affects All Others.

Deb lives in Missouri with her husband and furry child, Sadie now that all of their human children are grown and have little ones of their own. And yes, being a grandparent is the best!

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Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Also, would you do me a favor —if you resonate with this article or it has helped you today— would you share it with someone else? Maybe a friend, coworker, or family member…?

  1. Shannon, I’m so excited about our #SummerSizzle series and all the encouragement and hope found in these posts. Deb’s post is certainly a treasure and I’m sharing it right now to add some sparkle to someone else’s day, just like it did for me!
    Hugs and blessings!

  2. Deb Wolf says:

    Thank you, Shannon!! And thank you, Marva! You just blessed my day!!!

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