Tuesday, March 6
“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
I have a friend who had a run-in with a lawn mower. He was cut on his leg so deeply that the wound took months to heal. Every week or so he had to go into the doctor’s office for the scab to be ripped from the wound. It was a very painful procedure, but one that was absolutely essential if the wound was to heal properly. Otherwise, the skin would have healed, not revealing the infection still left below.
Jesus has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. To those like the Pharisees who pretend that they are holy, Jesus rips off the scab to reveal the infection of the heart. His words can be painfully honest, but it is the only way to deal with the disease.
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” The Great Physician knows that all our words and actions flow out of the condition of the heart. Trying to change our behavior without humbly letting God get to the source of the problem is superficial at best.
The pastor and author A.W. Tozer wrote, “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.” Why would we not want to let God change our heart in order to find the treasure that our heart so desperately desires?
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You know me fully, and love me anyway. You want what is best for me. Reveal those areas in my heart that aren’t yet devoted to You. Regardless of how painful the process may be, bring Your healing to my heart today. Return to me the joy of my salvation.
- Pastor Raymond