“But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.””
Jeremiah 17:10 NLT
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 NIV
God makes it clear why we sin—it’s a matter of the heart. Our hearts have been inclined toward sin from the moment we were born. It is easy to fall into the routine of forgetting and forsaking God. But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin. We can yield to a specific temptation, or we can ask God to help us resist temptation when it comes. ( Tyndal Study Bible)
“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.””
I am amazed how scripture ties in all the time. Last week’s sermon in Church, was titled – “Let your heart believe.” Rom 10:10 – * For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. If you read the highlighted section in Mathew 12, it’s clear that what’s in your heart you say. Pastor Aidan spent a good while on the point. It is evident that we should be guarding our hearts and filling it with the correct information.
Apart from guarding our hearts and watching what we say. Jeremiah warned that we should pay attention to the fact God examines our hearts. The Lord examines our motives. So don’t think that he does not know what’s happening in the private of your bedroom. God knows everything.
In the last while, I am often in company that soon as someone is not there they have a lot to say about that person. I am sure they talk of me as well. So I am asking with what are we filling our hearts? Is it shallow and not up uplifting? I crave meaningfully conversation. That is why I enjoy Bible study so much. It is uplifting and stimulating.
Take time again and read the second part of, Jeremiah, “I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” the last section in Mathew also says, “you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” I don’t need to say anything just highlight what Jeremiah and Mathew said. Listen to Matthew again, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”
“Lord I pray that you cleanse my heart. Guard the words that pour from it. In Jesus name. Amen”