A right heart is a NEW heart. It is not the heart with which a person is born—but another heart put in them by the Holy Spirit. It is a heart, which has new joys, new sorrows, new hopes, and so on. It has new views about the soul, sin, prayer, and God. It is like a farm with a new and good tenant.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” –Ezekiel 36:26
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
A right heart is a BROKEN and CONTRITE heart. It is broken off from pride and selfishness. This heart thinks that it’s unworthy. Its former stubbornness has passed away. It is now tender, sensitive, humble, and sees no good itself.
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” –Psalm 51:17
A right heart is a PURIFIED heart. It loves holiness and hates sin. It strives daily to cleanse itself from all dirtiness of flesh and spirit. It delights in the law of God and has it engraved on it, that it may not forget it.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” –Psalm 119:11
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” -2 Corinthians 7:1
“…For he purified their hearts by faith.” –Acts 15:9
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” –Matthew 5:8
A right heart is a PRAYING heart. You might as well try to persuade a person to live without breathing, as to persuade the possessor of a right heart to live without praying.
“Pray without ceasing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” –Isaiah 55:6
“But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” –Psalm 88:13
A right heart is a heart that feels CONFLICT within itself. The flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh.
“But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.” –Romans 7:23
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.” –Luke 11:21
But when the rightful King takes possession of the heart, a struggle begins which never ends until death. The right heart may be known by its warfare, just as its peace.
A right heart is HONEST, UNDIVIDED, and TRUE.
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed pure with pure water.” –Hebrews 10:22
“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce crop.” –Luke 8:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” -2 Timothy 2:15
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” –Psalm 86:11