For as he thinketh in his heart, so is HeProverbs 23:7
What is on your mind? That is a question we all must ask daily. In Proverbs there are many wise words to consider and this scripture is one to consider, for it states, that whatever is in your heart, that is what you will be. The process of using your mind is the comprehension of working things out that is rational, logical, or sensible. But what if you are not rational, logical, or sensible? We each have a choice in the path we lead and sometimes we need a little help along the way to stir us to the right path. Those who are older and wiser and who have experience life generally have insight into the human conditions. Every person in life concludes that human beings have a weakness of selfishness. Selfishness leads to all kinds of bad behavior such as lying or stealing to get what you want. Are we setting a good or bad example in our behavior? This is our moral compass. Listen to the words of Jesus in Luke chapter 6:45, which is right after the Beatitudes.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.Luke 6:45
What is our mouth speaking of today? The weather, the news, who done that or this, etc. It is so easy to make fun of someone or bring them down on some moral issue, but the fact remains we are all at fault, for no one is perfect. The greatest need we have is for someone to accept us and generally care for us. The one thing that mothers are known for. If one has love in their heart they will not be thinking of evil. Evil is a bad report or false statement. It is abusive in the act of mistreating others. Have you ever heard of the song from Three Dog Night titled, “Easy to be Hard?” The song released in 1968 and was fourth on the Billboards Top 100 in 1969. Ask the question of how can people be so heartless and so cruel? Here is an excerpt of the lyrics.
How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold
How can people have no feelings?
How can they ignore their friends?
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
And especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend? I need a friend
Is it easy to be hard, cold, and cruel? We must think about this seriously, for actions like this can lead to violence and it puts everyone at risk when it comes to personal safety. In Proverbs 4:23, it states that one should work at doing what is right when it comes to the heart, “for out of it are the issues of life.” Plus, it goes on to say to “put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips.” Many times, it is our mouth that gets us into trouble. If we can learn to listen carefully what a person is saying, usually you will begin to understand what the issue is in their heart. The issues of life are what we face every day when it comes to coping with how to survive. The current situation with Covid-19 has changed our environment and many are dealing with the loss of a family member or friend, loss of job, and in some cases loss of a home. We need to have compassion in our hearts for those who are hurting.
Jesus tells us to even love our enemies, and do good, see [Luke 6:35]. Is this possible to do today? Some may be able to do it while others have a difficult time trying to do it. That is why we need a Savoir to change our heart and cleanse what is in our hearts that bind us towards evil. We have a merciful God that provided a way to cleanse us from all our sins. That way is through His Son, for God so love us that He gave us His Son, who died for all our sins. Amazing as that sounds but it is true if we believe and accept this gift. We pray for forgiveness and ask God for help with our character. Have you asked God to change your heart? Let us pray and sing along with King David for God to clean our heart, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me,” Psalms 51:10.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
Confession is the key to forgiveness, and we have the assurance that our hearts will be cleansed, for He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The weight of our sins is lifted through Christ, so do not forget to ask in prayer and ask him to help you daily to live in His love.