Face to Face with Our Heart
A week ago Phillip and I attended a community impacted service dedicated to the Trayvon Martin injustice. The message was given by Pastor Marlin Harris and the sermon was entitled “Brother Against Brother.” He outlined lines some key points about why we show violence toward one another. The major point He expressed was violence flows from the heart. The heart is what this post will be about. From addictions to anger to lust to greed to violence, these things are not purely surface issues, but they are matters of the heart. So that makes it a hard matter to deal with. We are always quick to condemn people like Mr. Zimmerman. Yes, he is wrong for the crime he committed and should be punished accordingly, but can we say we do not have the same hate, anger, and resentment that Mr. Zimmerman held in his heart. The apostle Paul said “examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith” (2 Cor. 13). If we were to have a face to face chat with our heart what would that conversation reveal? Would we find that jealous entangled us? Would we find that anger drives us? Could it be that lust consumes us? Or pride defines us? The scripture says “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov.4:23). Jesus said “anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterwith out cause will be subject to judgment….anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:21-28). Our heart is our most precious thing and we should be greatly concerned about what is in it. Hate will lead to murder, anger to strife, and lust to sexual immorality. If we allow sinfully things take residence in our hearts it is only a matter of time before those things manifest themselves physically. The Trayvon Martin case is sad, but it is the fruit of our hearts. The way to bring justice to Trayvon and others like him is not merely wearing hoodies, or marching at rallies. The way to bring justice is to turn inward and ask God to remove from our hearts everything that provokes us to sin.
Written by: Brandon Render