A man visiting PeaceWithGod.net started an online chat with a SFJ volunteer by expressing a desire to be forgiven for his bad temper. During the conversation, something caused him to mention his health.
The chat coach, sensing a nudge from the Holy Spirit, responded simply, “What is the condition of your heart?”
The man started to describe all the ways his heart is good now, but the chat coach used Scripture to point him to the spiritual condition of his heart. The man quickly recognized that sin was still rooted there. After going through the Steps to Peace with the online coach, he acknowledged that his temper problem was only a symptom of the bigger problem deep inside. In the Bible, God says, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you” (Ezekiel 36:26, ESV).