Saturday, February 4, 2006

Out of the heart

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders. Thefts, coveteousness, wickedness, deciet, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:21-22)

I hear some people say, and perhaps you have too: "Oh I know his heart, and deep down inside he's a good person." Interesting, you'll not hear Jesus say that about our hearts. In fact we need to take a hard look at how sinful we truly are. Sometimes we like to think ourselves or perhaps someone else, as being ok, when in fact it is not ok. We are not ok. I am not ok. Apart from a regenerating work of God in my heart I am helpless against sin. And so is everyone else. If we are honest with ourselves we know that what Jesus said is true. And no, we are not ok. But thank God that when a man repents and trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ, then God does 'heart surgery' over in Ezekiel 36:26-27 the Bible says: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them."

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