When it comes to changing people, all sorts of methods are used. For the most part, for most people, lack of education and poor environment are the main culprits in fostering undesirable character. How do we affect change? To change people for the better we exclaim, “Educate them! Change their surroundings!”
Will changing a person’s environment really change how that person thinks or feels? Can a new home and a new set of clothes really change someone on the inside? Do the clothes make the man or woman? Well, you say, education can do that. Will putting a person in a classroom change the person’s character? Cramming facts into a person’s head can’t change that individual’s heart!
The character of a person involves who that person is. It involves his or her soul. It includes all the emotions in his or her heart. You can’t change the nature of a person’s heart only through better education or only by altering the environment. It takes supernatural power to really change the human heart. This is what God promises. He says, “I will give you a new heart” (Ezekiel 36:26).
Do you need a new and better life? Moving to a new community or more education are not permanent solutions. You need radical heart surgery performed by God. You need to ask God for a new heart.