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A Right Heart Feels Conflict

According to J. C. Ryle:

A right heart is a heart that feels CONFLICT within it (Gal. 5:17). It finds within itself two opposing principles contending for the mastery – the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. It knows by experience what Paul means when he says, “I see a law in my members warring against the law of my mind” (Rom. 7:23). The wrong heart knows nothing of this strife. The strong man armed keeps the wrong heart as their palace, and their goods are at peace (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, quite as much as by its peace.

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  1. This is right on. This conflict within us, is actually the sense of the Divine life. Dead people don’t feel anything, only people who are alive. When our actions, thoughts, choices, and pursuits do not correspond to the living Christ as the Spirit within us, then we sense this conflict in our being. This is light a red light telling us to stop, and turn back to God. It is a mercy to heed this sense of life.


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