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An individual, if renewed and led by the Holy Spirit, will be aware of new spiritual experiences and desires, and also of the Holy Spirit’s work of restoring character. These things provide evidence of the grace of God at work in the life of a believer.

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Inward experiences of the renewed heart


1 John 3:19–21 ESV
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
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Love for God’s word

Romans 7:22 ESV
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
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Desire for holiness

Matthew 5:8 ESV
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
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Circumcision as a symbol of being set apart for God:


Desire to seek God

1 Kings 8:38–39 ESV
whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind),
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Psalm 27:14 ESV
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
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The peace of Jesus Christ as a source of encouragement:

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Psalm 105:3 ESV
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
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Desire for the salvation of others

Romans 9:1–3 ESV
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
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Various kinds of distress

Psalm 143:4 ESV
Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
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Concern for others:

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Love for the church

1 Peter 1:22 ESV
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
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The renewed heart and the restoration of character

Sincerity and integrity towards God and other people

Psalm 86:11 ESV
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
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Psalm 131:1 ESV
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
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Proverbs 2:10 ESV
for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
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The possibility of the renewed heart becoming faithless

The importance of self-examination before God

Psalm 139:23–24 ESV
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
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Hosea 5:4 ESV
Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not the Lord.
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Restoration after backsliding

Joel 2:12–13 ESV
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
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