Zachary Bright

The Wonder of it All

Thick Skin But Tender Hearts

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In my devotional reading this week I came across this word of the Lord through the prophet Ezekiel: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezek.:36:26, NRSV) And then I found the words of the Bob Dylan song “Property of Jesus” from his album “Shot of Love” in my head: “He’s the property of Jesus, resent him to the bone; you’ve got something better, you’ve got a heart of stone”.

I want to remind us of what we learned together in Divine Savior Church a few years ago. God is calling us to have, spiritually speaking, tender hearts and thick skin. To have a tender heart means to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, teachable, obedient, to have a “heart of flesh”. To have thick skin means to be not easily offended, to be humble with other people. I think here of the verse from our text of last Lord’s Day: “…be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…” (Eph. 4:32, NRSV). But of course many of us find that we live in just the opposite way. We are hardhearted, insensitive to God, disobedient. On the other hand we are thin-skinned, easily offended, overly sensitive, unforgiving, self-centered.308524_10150281338064212_116685939211_8006085_1031377_n

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27, NRSV) That is what I desire so much! I want to hear Jesus’ voice, have communion with him and be radically obedient. And I want to be unconcerned about how people view me or treat me. I desire to live with a tender heart and thick skin!

With Love In Christ, Pastor Zac

Author: Zachary Bright

Until February 2014, I was pastor of Divine Savior Presbyterian Church for about 24 years. I am interested in theology, alternative music, new worship music, culture making, philosophy and dogs. Most of all I am interested in extending the Kingdom of God and its blessings to everyone around me. I am the Director of the Southern CA. C.S. Lewis Society and I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. My wife Terry, my dog Jack Lewis and I host a Bible Study in our home on Sunday afternoons.

One thought on “Thick Skin But Tender Hearts

  1. Hey Zach, I remember years ago you told me that, “As Christians we need to be like an over medium fried egg; soft on the inside but with a tougher skin.” I think of that often and mentioned it to Kim the other day. Thanks Cuz. 🙂


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