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The Heart of the Matter is the Heart

July 11, 2011

John Allan

There is simply no getting around the fact that the heart is vitally important. We can tell when people are doing something “from the heart” or with all of their heart and we can often tell when somebody gives a “half-hearted” effort. We even have expressions like “his heart just wasn’t in it” to describe a lack of desire or commitment.

In Jesus’ day the scribes and Pharisees placed great emphasis on external actions. While binding such things as hand washing before meals they were failing to emphasize the heart. Jesus explained to the apostle Peter “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man” (Matthew 15:17-20 KJV).

There are so many things in the world that threaten to pollute our heart and so many sins that come from a heart that is polluted. Great care must be given to keep our hearts clean.

The Bible warns us about fleshly lusts frequently enough that the topic cannot be rightly ignored. The lust of the flesh is one of the avenues through which Satan tempts us. We can look around us in the world and see that he is very successful. It logically follows that we should not trick ourselves into thinking it is a matter we can take lightly.

In Galatians 5:16 the apostle Paul gives us a key to keeping our hearts clean: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (KJV). Let us have the determination to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

This entry was posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 2:35 pm and is filed under Morals.

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