Have you ever looked in the mirror and been surprised by what you see? Well you may not like what you saw but you probably weren’t surprised. Proverbs 27:19 says, “As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.” Now I am guessing that in Biblical days they didn’t have mirrors so they could only see their reflection in the water. But what about that second part of the verse, “the heart of man reflects man,” what does that mean? And how can we know what is in our heart?”
A few years ago my school students were studying this verse and they wondered how they could tell if someone had a “good” heart or a “bad” heart. So we looked at the passage in Matthew 12:34 that says, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Then we discussed how putting garbage in our lives-in our hearts- begins to poison it. Take a glass of clean drinking water for example, pure and undefiled, quite refreshing on a hot summer day. But what happens if we put just a little mud into the glass? Do you think many people would be interested in drinking it? Probably not, because even a little dirt contaminates the water. Now isn’t the same true of our hearts, even a little sin contaminates them? When we allow bitterness or frustration to come into our hearts, or when we harbor anger we are poisoning our hearts. Eventually that poison will come out our mouth and stain our witness for Christ.
So how do we clean our hearts? Well the truth is, we have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Somewhere in the journey of life each of us have committed at least one sin, which means our hearts have been defiled! So how do we fix that? It starts with a prayer like the one David model for us in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Next we need to be proactive and guard our hearts against being contaminated again. Paul tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor.10:5b) When I am angry about a situation I need to take it to the Lord, to examine the truth of the situation and then take action. Maybe that action is realizing I have some responsibility in what happen, or that I need to make some changes, or maybe even that I need to forgive someone. Whatever it is, we are responsible to keep our hearts clean and when we blow it (as we often do...well at least I do) then we need to a cry out to God to, "create in me a clean heart..."
Walking the journey with you! Would love to hear your thoughts!