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An Honest Heart

In Perspective on November 4, 2013 by The Spillover

Ray Ortlund:

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 sins because it doesn’t want to know.  But an honest heart is saying, “I’m listening.  I’m open.”

Two, a deceitful heart is more alert to how a sermon applies to someone else.  But an honest heart is too concerned about itself to be busy with other people’s weaknesses.

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, “I need to get in gear.”

Four, a deceitful heart delays response: “I’ll get around to it.  But I just can’t right now.”  An honest heart puts God first: “Lord, whatever you want, even 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.

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