As a father, one thing that I aim to do is not only change my childrens behaviour but also to change their hearts so that they understand WHY they should or should not do certain things.
If I am honest, there are many believers who change their behaviour because it is the ‘christian thing to do’ but their hearts have not been changed. This is one of the things that is evident in the life of the false convert. If we aim to just change believers behaviours, then no doubt, when they are not in the public eye, they will do and say those things that they ought not to and as scripture says ‘they will be known by their fruit’.
I have already spoken previously about a person in my church who fits this category perfectly and the fruit is shown in his facebook status updates continuously even up to now. God says that he will give us a new heart. It also says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks so if you want to have a good indication if a person has a changed heart, listen to what they say. Let us continually examine ourselves to make sure that not only is our behaviour changed but our hearts also. The only way to do this is to get more and more into God’s word and as you do so and get a better understanding, your love for Christ will grow and you will want to obey Christ. I dont go partying to lust after girls anymore. Not that I cant but because I have no desire for those things anymore because the things that I once craved have no grip on me anymore. I pray you (and myself) will continually examine ourselves
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)