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Jeremiah 31:31-34


Written in the Heart

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Jeremiah 31:31-34


Written in the Heart


By Lois Parker Edstrom

Long ago, God spoke to the nation of Israel and said, “I will put my law in their (your) inward parts, and in their (your) heart will I write it…” (31:33).

What do you think this means? I think it means that God gave these people the ability to know right from wrong. Some may say this is really a question for adults, but I’ve found that children have good thoughts about these big questions.

Many believe that God’s rules are not only in the hearts of the people of long ago, but in every heart – yours and mine. We make mistakes, we make bad choices and we must learn as we go along, but deep down inside, every one of us knows God’s laws – those rules to guide us and help us make good choices. What do you think?

Why then, at times, do we ignore what we know to be right or wrong? Why do we make bad choices?

Perhaps we think we know better than our parents or even God. Sometimes we make bad choices because we think what we chose to do will be fun. Sometimes we don’t think before we make a bad choice. Let’s hear your ideas.

There is a solution when we do something we know to be wrong. It’s called forgiveness. When we say we’re sorry and ask to be forgiven, the Bible teaches us that God “will forgive” our sins (hurtful choices) and remember them “no more” (31:34).

It is a very good thing that we have a little voice inside of us, our conscience, that lets us know the difference between good and bad behavior. It helps us have a good life and make good choices.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan