Are men supposed to be soft?

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First of all, let me expand the question up above by asking, “should all people be soft?  You can answer that in many ways, but what I’m getting at has to do with the condition of the heart.

Check out these verses from Hebrews 3:12-12 (esv):  ” 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”   

Where I’m going with my question about being soft is to give us a vision for what should be when it comes to be sensitive to the things of God, that is having a soft heart.

I say this in light of the Bible verses mentioned above (and many others that I could mention) that warn us that the deceitfulness of sin can actually harden our heart.  Who wants that? Who would want to be in a state of mind where God lovingly wants to direct your life, but like a rubber ball being thrown against a wall, His efforts have no impact on us,  but just bounce right back to Him.

Having a soft heart to the things of God is a sobering thing.  Why do I say it like that?  Because although all of us, I would think, would want to enjoy the blessings of God and be   led by Him–the reality is that maintaining  a soft heart is a battle. It is a difficult thing.  It almost sounds like a paradox, huh?  Fight for a sensitive heart.

But fighting is what it will take.  Think of it like this.  Think of mud.  Mud is soft. If you step in mud, it will leave a footprint.   Having a soft heart is moving in the direction of having a heart like mud. Not in the sense of dirtiness but that its impressionable.

If we see violence on the news or in the movie, we can be disturbed by what we see.  The depravity, injustice, the lack of love, the hatred, etc. can and should leave an impression on our soft hearts and we will have to deal with that.

If we see the hurt that an unfaithful spouse has on their partner when they are addicted to gambling, alcohol, pornography, etc.,   we can and should be disturbed by what we see.  The selfishness, lack of consideration, deception, etc. all can leave an impression on our soft hearts and we will have to deal with that.

If we become aware of the utter travesties of sex trafficking and slave labor (in whatever its form),   we can and should be disturbed by that.   The evil, the greed, the depravity, can and should  leave an impression on our soft hearts and we will have to deal with that.

If we see the neglect of family responsibilities by a father who is a workaholic, that compassion and concern can and should leave an impression on our soft hearts and we will have to deal with that.

If we see the violence and the absolute evil that was displayed against Jesus Christ on the Cross, as well as the unimaginable love that the Father demonstrated by sending His Son to leave His Heavenly habitation to live perfectly among sinful humanity and to brutally die as a substitute for your sin and mine, so that we could be forgiven and reconciled back to God can and should leave an impression on our soft hearts and we will have to deal with that.

 

My point is what is the state of your heart. Are you touched by what is taking place around you?  Do you care?

Do you see the value of a soft heart?

Are you investing the time to cultivate a soft heart (reading the Bible, spending time talking with those who are struggling in some way)

Because of the impressions made on your heart, are you willing to respond?   In what specific ways?

If so, I’m grateful for your attention to those promptings.  You can make a difference.

If you are not willing to respond to those things that can and should make an impression on your heart, I am concerned for you.  If things like what I mentioned don’t somehow affect you, well… what does?

 

 

 

 

 

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