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I will give them a single heart and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the
heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh instead.
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As Christians we are called to act from ³hearts of flesh´ ± founded on openness,
compassion and mercy, not from ³hearts of stone´ ± motivated by hurt, anger or
fear. Yet what does this mean when it comes to dealing with those who have been
afflicted by crime, offenders, and the workings of our criminal justice system?
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èor here is the sobering reminder: we have been commanded to love not only our
friends but also our enemies (Matthew 5). This may feel cruelly intolerable in
some circumstances, and we must be gentle with ourselves about that. But we
know in faith that God wants to remove that stone and give us hearts of flesh. We
can help each other to sit with this promise and wait with an open spirit. We can
seek out new ways of looking for justice that offer more opportunities to foster
healing and grace.p
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