Mind your heart

Proverbs 4:23

JESUS KNOWS OUR HEART

The Bible says Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

As I read the the Gospel of Mark, I can see how Jesus knows what is inside a man’s heart.

Mark 2:6-7 NASB

[5]And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven [6] But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, [7] “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?”

The scribes started to reason with their hearts- immediately, we can see that this is a heart problem (an attitude of the heart).

 Jesus had the power to forgive and the scribes could not accept this in their heart. They were sitting and they were criticising, formulating thoughts springing from their heart. Let’s see how the progression goes:

A HARDENED HEART

Mark 2:8-10 NASB

[8] Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? [9] Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? [10] But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”-He said to the paralytic,[11]“I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” 12And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

We can see that all were amazed and the people glorified God because of the miracle, but was there a change of heart among the scribes? Let’s continue reading Mark 3: 1He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. 2They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

Instead of a change of heart or forgiving and a seeking heart, the scribes followed Jesus to look for a mistake that they may accuse Him. Be careful of looking only for others faults. In this case,the scribes, instead of seeing how Jesus is the true messiah,  someone who can forgive sins, someone who can heal the sick, they just saw looked of the legality of what He was doing.

Jesus knowing their heart, rebuked them. To make them analyze what is in their heart, Jesus asked them a question. In our life today, God would often ask us questions to reveal the true condition of our heart. “Liz are you angry because someone made a mistake or are you angry because your pride was hurt?” in either case, your answer is important to God. Having an honest heart before the Lord is necessary so that He may be able to correct it. Let’s see their respond after Jesus address the issue of their heart:

Mark 3:4-6 NASB

3He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” 4And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

Notice how they kept silent, appearing to look unoffended and hurt, the true condition of their heart can’t be hidden from Jesus.

Let’s look at how Jesus responded to their  hardened heart:

WHAT CAN A HARDENED HEART DO TO US:

Mark3: 5After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

Even though they saw God’s great miracle, they “COULD NOT SEE IT” because of their hardened heart. A HARDENED HEART is a heart that after God revealed to us our mistakes and tells us what we ought to do, is we set is aside God’s command to do our own desires. John 12:40 says “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts–so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.”

SOLUTION:

That’s why we should always guard our heart. “”Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” – Proverbs 4:23. It may be good to check once in a while if we are harboring hate, anger or revenge.

I therefore conclude that my heart should change upon Jesus’ sweet rebuke, lest I see other people being blessed and healed and my heart will remain bitter, hurt, ungrateful and revengeful. 

The Bible says,

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. – 1 John 3:15 .. OH NO — I Don’t want to forfeit God’s blessing of eternal just life because I hate someone!! Now I understand why hate against human beings is such a strong word. So help me God!

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, 

Teach me to have a pure heart, a pliable heart which You can bend according to Your will. Forgive me for sins and heal me from hate that is in my heart. I also forgive those who have wronged me, knowing you care about them and my welfare as well. You are certainly in control of all things.I want to give up the feeling of unforgiveness, give me a loving and compassionate heart like Your heart.I want to be a blessing to other people. Use me Lord.

Thank you Jesus for your love, mercy and grace. This is my prayer in Your Might Name, Jesus. Amen!

from your loving daughter,

(your name) 

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