Matthew 19:8 Is Your Heart Hard?

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” Matthew 19:8

It is common for people to make up their mind about something and refuse to budge on it regardless of what others say or show. This is often done due to past experience or training.

In the process of holding on to a certain way to do something, many will often refuse to accept or see the correct way of doing something. It becomes all about themselves, rather than the correct way or rule.

When asked why Moses permitted divorce, Jesus told them that Moses allowed it because their hearts were hard and that it was not that way from the beginning.

Society allows for divorce for nearly any and every reason a person may give. This has become so prevalent in society that there is very little difference in or outside the church. Most divorces occur out of a hardness of heart towards one another.

In the same way that divorce is allowed inside the church, there are also many other sins allowed inside the church as acceptable.

People harden their hearts towards God’s word and make choices based off of their feelings rather than His word. Sin is justified as good or ‘not-so-bad’. They refuse to allow their hearts to be softened towards God’s word and truth, so that they may do what they want.

At the time a person becomes a believer, he is to become a new creation, someone different. The old things and ways of doing things must be put off. His heart is to be one of flesh, not of stone.

No believer should be hardening his heart towards God just to justify his behavior or actions.

Just as everyone does have sin in their lives, so do you. However, you must never justify the sin, ignoring God’s commands.

Choosing to obey God’s commands may be difficult or painful for a time, but it is always for your best interest in the end. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to make the right choice.

Do not allow your heart to become hardened against God’s word so that you may live in sin. This is not only with divorce, but in every other area of life. All sin is done out of hardness of heart and selfish desires.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a softened heart of flesh towards God’s word; that you will obey God’s commands; and that you will choose to turn from all sin.

Romans 1:21 Darkened Hearts

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21

Most people around the world will accept that there is a god who is over all of the earth. The god they serve is different for many people. Some believe in God, others in Buddha, or Allah, or physical idols, or in everything being god. They realize that man is not on this earth by accident but by the providence of a god.

Paul had just pointed out that all of creation points to God, so no one can say they do not know of God. Everything that is on this earth is so complex that it could not have happened by chance. So everyone knows of God, at least to some point.

Even while knowing of God, many do not look to Him and give thanks or praise to Him. The majority of people who do not give thanks are those who do not follow Jesus in any way. There are, however, some believers in Jesus who act this same way.

There are believers who do not give thanks to Jesus for everything on a regular basis. They focus their lives more on what they have done, rather that what Jesus has done in and for them. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one came back to thank Him.

When people start focusing on themselves and forgetting about God, their thinking becomes worthless and futile. The heart then becomes darkened and closes itself off from God. It is easy to start to think that you have everything under control, but it is not true. Only God has true control of everything.

Do not allow your heart to become calloused against God. Most believers do not do this quickly, it is a slow long process, but it starts with an unthankful heart and not glorifying God. Keep Jesus in the forefront of all that you say and do. Keep God on the throne of your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a new way; that you will give God thanks for all in your life; that you will glorify Jesus all the time; that you will not allow your heart to be darkened; and that Jesus will draw you closer to Himself.