Have you ever talked with someone who just would not listen? I didn’t seem to matter what you said, they wouldn’t listen. Maybe you became exasperated and walked away thinking, “I give up… I’ve talked until I’m blue in the face. I quit.” The person you were talking to could be described as hard-hearted. It didn’t matter what you said.. their heart was hardened… their mind was made up.
Paul encountered this. In Acts 28, Paul had made his way to Rome. He had the opportunity to speak to a large group of people and shared his story. He talked about his conversion. The scripture says that “Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe.”
Some were persuaded… others did not believe. Paul then quoted Isaiah 6 to describe those who did not believe; “…For the hearts of these people are hardened and their ears cannot hear.”
I have spoken to people whose hearts are hardened. I have witnessed to some people whose minds were made up. You may have spoken to someone who had an addiction problems or some other issue. You talk with them… you plead with them… you may even shed tears with them… but nothing changes. Their hearts are hardened.
What can you do when someone’s heart is hardened? The only thing you can do is pray. Only the power of the Holy Spirit will break through in that person’s heart. It will take divine power to open their minds. Sometimes, it may take something tragic happening before that person will listen.
So, if you have been talking with someone whose heart is hardened… you aren’t alone. Lots of people have experienced it. I encourage you to pray for the person. It is only through prayer that this individual may open their heart.
I would add one other thing… make sure you are modeling the Christian life for them. It does no good for you to talk with them about Christ if you aren’t living for Christ. So, pray that their heart is opened and mode the Christian life for them and maybe their hardened heart will be opened.