How is Your Heart?
So, how is it? Have you taken a moment recently to check your own heart? The Bible is full of reminders and even warnings concerning self-examination. While our careers, schooling, household duties, and weekly routines are important, there is nothing more important than your spiritual state. The Lord Jesus is the One who asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
Let me show you some of those reminders I am talking about. “Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord” (Lam 3:40). “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Cor 13:5). “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Rom 8:9). “But let each one examine his own work” (Gal 6:4). “But let a man examine himself” (1 Cor 11:28).
Do you think that God finds it valuable that we check ourselves? We are told to keep our hearts, as the verse in the graphic above displays. So, the real question is, How is your heart? Have you checked it recently? What do you find? Is it full of love? Is there joy there? What about peace? Is it full of the word of God? I certainly hope that it is fully satisfied in Christ, but even if it is not—there is mercy and forgiveness available. We are not perfect, not any of us. The apostle John is a big help in this matter. He said, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20). He also said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God is greater than our hearts and is able to cleanse it, even after we have become Christians, if we will only confess our sins to Him and repent. We must slowly but surely rid ourselves of the corruptions of this present wicked age and trust Christ all the more. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can do this.
Check your heart. Confess your sins. Treasure Christ.