Read It Again: The flesh is weak but the heart is willing

When our Lord Jesus Christ was about to face death, He went up the Olive Mountain to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was deeply disturbed by what was about to prevail, and the human part of him could not look forward to the pain, torture and humiliation that would lead to His crucifixion on Calvary Mountain. At some point, we are told that He said the flesh was weak but His Heart was willing. Actually, the exact expression says “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. This, I guess, has devolved to the familiar expression about the heart willing despite the flesh being weak.

This has been taken as an expression of weakness when faced with adversity. Whenever there is a challenge before us, we utter these words before walking away or giving up the task at hand. After all, we have sized up the task and come to the conclusion that it cannot be done. So why bother pursuing it any further? I must admit, I have used the expression myself, and shamefully when I am about to concede defeat. This is especially true when negotiating a difficult trail on a mountain. This is at the point when it seems the body cannot endure another step up the steep slope.

But read again the passage. Jesus was not about to quit. He was not about to give up. No, on the contrary, He was prepping Himself to face the greatest challenge humanity has ever encountered. At the most difficult moment, He revealed the formula for success. Simply put, you have to be willing within you even though it is clear the challenge is uncomfortable. Upon reflection, I have seen that before I quit, my heart has already stopped willing to take one more step.

So when faced with adversity, get your heart to will beyond the problem, and even though the flesh might be weak, commit it to God and go act on it. And It shall be done.

Let us read the passage again.

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  • Cathy

    3 January 2018 at 14:15

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