If we become discouraged trying to persuade someone else’s heart to change, we must remember that it was God alone, Who changed our heart. My law practice places me in a position to be a problem solver. Unfortunately, legal issues don’t typically have a quick fix. Everyone wants a quick fix—they want their case to be over as inexpensively and quickly as possible! As Christians, we are much the same–we simply want the problem to be solved as quickly and painlessly as possible! When confronted with any problem, we do ourselves good to pause and wonder if there’s not something deeper that we need to change along the way—like our heart. It doesn’t matter what stage of Christian growth we are in, we EACH need to work on our heart. Understanding this idea drastically changes the way we approach any problem. For example, when I’m giving advice to my clients about the legal process, God will prompt my heart, and I will also share with them how they can learn to build their trust in God and change themselves throughout the tough trials ahead. When we listen to Him, God places His Words in our mouth so others can hear the voice of His wisdom. We don’t become filled with God’s wisdom until He changes OUR heart. When we see others who have walked a path devoid of wisdom, we cannot give them a lasting approach to change unless we can teach them that they must be willing to let God change their heart. Jesus said that we cannot be healed unless our heart is changed: “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” (Matt. 13:15) When God changes our heart, He changes our desires and then we change the way we live. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezek. 36:26-27) A changed heart changes everything!