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Circumcision of the Heart

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"The Lord, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, and you will love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and soul, so that you may live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).

Circumcision means literally, 'to cut around'. Circumcision of the new born boy consists in completely cutting off the foreskin on the eighth day. But the circumcision of the heart means getting rid of the fat which surrounds the artery so that it become sclerosed.

Circumcision of the heart liberates you to love God and to live a full life (Deuteronomy 30:6). On the other hand, a heart uncircumcised encourages pride and rebellion (Nehemiah 9:16), and the neck becomes stiff, refusing to bow before God. True circumcision of the heart is subjected to humiliation; either we confess our sins and God forgives us, or God humiliates us… (Leviticus 26:41). The choice is ours!