Today you should read: Matthew 5:21-37
The beatitudes are full of great wisdom and instruction for us today.
This part deals with four issues, three of which are rampant in our society today.
Murder, adultery and divorce are out of control in our world today. The statistics about how many murders happen, how often men leave their wives for an affair and how many divorces are happening each day are staggering. These laws given to us by God have been clearly disregarded by our society. God has told us what would happen if we turn from His word (Deuteronomy 30:11-18). Sin against God is serious and we need to take it seriously.
Now, before we look at this and think to ourselves, “This doesn’t really pertain to me, I have never done these things and I don’t ever see myself doing them”, we have to take a look at the real issue here: and that is the heart.
The Pharisees may very well have thought those same things, “These laws are for sinners, not someone who follows the law perfectly like I do.” Jesus, however, sets them straight on each issue by telling them and us that it is not so much about what we do as it is about our heart attitude behind it.
You see, God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and He desires a pure, holy heart; not good deeds which are void of any real devotion to Him. So remember when you get angry, that is the heart of a murderer; when you glance at a person with lust in your heart for them, that is the heart of an adulterer; and when you begin to think that maybe the grass is greener on the other side and your marriage is beyond repair, that is not the heart God desires from us.
When you see yourself living with a heart that does not please God, you need to take immediate action. Get rid of all the things in your life that cause you to stumble. That could mean making hard choices, but they need to be made. Jesus made some pretty bold statements here about what we should do to remain pure. We have to be ready and willing to do what it takes to strive for a holy heart.
So this begs the question:
Are you ready to make the tough choices?
To end the relationship?
To change jobs?
What are the choices you have to make to grow in holiness of heart?
Pray today and ask God to strengthen you today to make those choices and to have a holy heart.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd