Are you Honest about Your Heart?

Helpful words from Ray Ortlund:

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  Psalm 32:2

We cannot deceive God.  Twice in the Acts God is called “the Heartknower” (Acts 1:24; 15:8).  But we can deceive ourselves.  Here are four differences between deceit and honesty in our hearts.

One, a deceitful heart doesn’t know its sin because it doesn’t want to know. But an honest heart is saying, “Bring it on.”

Two, a deceitful heart notices how well a sermon applies to someone else.  But an honest heart is too concerned about itself to judge another.

Three, a deceitful heart, when it isn’t growing, blames its inertia on hardship or its church or even on God himself.  But an honest heart says, “It’s my fault.  I need to get in gear.”

Four, a deceitful heart delays response.  It says, “I’ll get around to it, even soon.  But I can’t right now.”  An honest heart puts God first.  Delayed obedience is a way of saying, “I’m setting the terms.  I am Lord.”  But an honest heart says, “Lord, whatever you want – right now.”  An honest heart says, with the old hymn,

The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne and worship only thee.

HT:RO

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