Let us be careful to keep away from all hardening influences, whether of books, or men, or habits, or pleasures. If there is any company which deadens us towards spiritual things, which hinders our prayers, shakes our faith, or dampens our zeal, let us get away from it, and stay away from it. If any amusement lessens our hatred of sin, let us never go near it; if any book clouds our view of Jesus, let us never read it. We become hardened and indifferent soon enough through our ordinary contact with the world everyday; let us not increase these evils.
Let us make use of all softening influences. Pray and ask to have your heart daily rendered tender and sensitive by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Read and hear the word often: it is like a fire, and like a hammer breaking the rock in pieces. Dwell at the foot of the cross, for it is there that tenderness is born into human hearts. Entreat the Holy Spirit to give to you a very vivid sense of sin, and a very intense dread of it.
He who made the heart can melt it. It is the particular office of the Holy Spirit to renew our nature; indeed, He causes us to be born again. The Holy Spirit can produce within us conviction of sin, the new birth, faith in the Lord Jesus, deep contrition, and holy tenderness. Do you desire this for yourself? Then pray that His melting and softening work may at this moment be felt in your soul.
(Jesus Angry with Hard Hearts; March 28th, 1886; by C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892)
“And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.”—Mark 3:5.)