Tuesday, May 17, 2011

God Sees the Heart Part II

“……..he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people's minds…”  I Cor. 4:5  GNT
All sin is an assault against our holy God, whether it is done in public, private or secret.
God who sees even the innermost secrets of the heart, sees our sin clearly, no matter how well we have covered it up or hidden it.
Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5) was pointing out that anger arises from the same moral defect as murder; and the person who lusts suffers from the same character flaw as the adulterer.
Those who engage in thought-sins are guilty of violating the same moral precepts as those who commit acts of murder and adultery.
A lustful person has no right to feel morally superior to a wanton fornicator. The fact that a person indulges in lust is proof that they are capable of immoral acts as well.   When a person hates another they show that they have murder lurking in their heart.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, was teaching us to view our own secret sins with the same moral disgust we feel for wanton acts of public sins.
Those who sin secretly actually intensify their guilt because they add the sin of hypocrisy to their offense.   Hypocrisy is a consequential sin in its own right.    It also produces a debilitating kind of guilt because by definition hypocrisy entails the concealing of sin.    And we know the only remedy for any kind of sin involves a sincere confession and repentance.
Hypocrisy permeates the soul with a predisposition against genuine repentance. That is why Jesus referred to hypocrisy as the “leaven of the Pharisees.”  (Luke 12:1)
Hypocrisy also works directly against the conscience.  There’s no way to be hypocritical without searing the conscience.   So hypocrisy inevitably makes way for the most vile, soul-tainting, character-damaging secret sins.  Therefore, hypocrisy compounds itself, just like leaven.
Your secret life is the real test of your character.  
Your secret life reveals your integrity or lack of.
Do you want to know who you really are; take a look at your private life….especially your innermost thoughts?  
What consumes your thoughts?
We must ‘gaze’ into the mirror of God’s Word and allow it to reveal and correct the real thoughts and motives of our heart.
“As he thinks in his heart, so is he…..”   Prov. 23:7  NKJV

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