Prov. 28:14 Blessed are those who have a tender conscious, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
A tender conscious is good for the soul. It is a good thing to be sensitive to sin. We need to know when we mess up that it is not right or okay with God. We need to know that we can’t sin and be right with God.
Stubbornness on the other hand is bad for the soul. A stubborn soul is a defiant soul. When a stubborn soul is confronted by God or others concerning sin, there is a resistence to the accussation. Often the stubborn in heart will deny that they have even sinned. They become set in their ways and refuse to learn new things or change their ways. They get defensive instead of being humble and compliant. They are prone to let pride rule their behavior.
A stubborn heart is heading for certain trouble. God cannot do anything with someone who will not cooperate with Him. Stubbornness prevents the soul from hearing God when He speaks. Most of life’s lessons are learned from the mistakes we make, but the stubborn in heart do not learn much. A stubborn soul is like hardened clay in the potter’s hand. Even the most skilled potter cannot work with dried out hardened clay.
Undealt with sin hardens the soul and makes it stubborn. The longer sin is allowed to dwell in the soul, the harder it becomes to get rid of it and the more damage it does. Keep your soul tender before God and take sin seriously. When it rears its ugly head, deal with it right away. Don’t let pride keep you from keeping your soul tender before God. Keep your soul out of trouble with God and stay on top of things and you will know the blessings of God today and forever.