It Starts in the Heart

During last years election cycle a proposition that would approve same sex marriages was defeated in California. One of the main arguing points that led to its defeat was that it violated the sanctity of marriage. In light of this outcome there has been another ballot measure proposed, somewhat sarcastically, reasoning that if the sanctity of marriage is so important we should then also make divorce illegal. Now, even if this measure should somehow pass and become law, we would end up with a situation akin to Prohibition, with those in agreement following the law and those against circumventing it. In reality, it all starts in the heart. It’s no surprise to anyone that a person can appear to be one thing on the outside but different from his true being on the inside. As Jesus said in Matt 12:34-35, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of an evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” By our duplicitous human nature a person can appear dressed to the nines but let them open their mouths and a truer picture is presented. Our laws can ban homosexual marriage and criminalize marijuana, but if a person’s heart is set towards it, to them the law becomes irrelevant; they will pursue what they want anyway. They may appear to obey on the outside but they would act in a way that reveals their true opinion. If a simple law could completely control a society’s obedience we would need no police or courts. Everyone would do the speed limit and not drive drunk. We could even possibly believe our politicians to be totally honest. In I John 3:23 John writes, “And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.” Now there’s a law that could virtually end all contentions and war, but it won’t because the hearts of the majority will not fully accept or practice it. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” How many times have we been tempted to obtain the desires of our hearts not realizing how totally against our ultimate good they might be? We are led by the dictates of our hearts which, by our very natures, causes us to pursue a path that may briefly satisfy our lusts but place us at enmity with God. Because of this inborn deceitfulness of our hearts God promises us a better heart. “I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stoney heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezek 11:19) God will give us a new heart with a new spirit, one that seeks to do his will, if we get tired of our old heart and ask for his replacement. In some cases this heart change is dramatic; in others, less so. It all starts in the heart whether one is lusting after fleshly desires or pursuing paths of righteousness; doing what I want or what God wants. Is it important? “Man looks on the outside but God looks at the heart” (I Sam 16:7) and a broken and contrite heart he will not despise. (Psalm 51:17) Consider what your heart will testify of you when the fullness of time finds you standing before the One who can clearly hear it.

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