"For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” Mark 7:21-23 (NLT)
In the early 80’s when I was in school (okay stop laughing), a conversation about the role of sex education began. It went like this, the best way to keep kids from participating in high risk sexual behavior (I would call any sex outside of marriage “high risk”) is to educate them on the dangers and consequences of such activity. They would teach us, like they still do today, about all the negative consequences of early pregnancy and venereal diseases (which are real). The idea was that if we scare them with all the bad things that could happen, they will surely stay away from teenage sex. Well, like your generation, it didn’t help. In fact, just ask any informed person over thirty, and they will tell you, teenagers are more sexually involved today than ever before. And this generation has received specialized education in this area, and earlier, than any other generation before. The problem with this idea, is that, it doesn’t address the problem. If only people would read the teachings of Jesus, they would be way ahead of the game. Jesus is telling us the issue with behavior isn’t external, it is internal. It comes from our hearts, and our hearts are sick. They aren’t working properly; instead of being driven by love, they are driven by selfishness. Instead of being inspired to act on someone else’s behalf first, we allow fear to inspire our actions to act on our behalf instead. It is from within that we are jealous of a friend’s success instead of celebratory. Our hearts need to be fixed, and more education isn’t the answer (it’s been tried). We truly need a heart transplant, a spiritual one. Only then will our behavior change, and our lives look more like Christ’s. If you have never asked Jesus to forgive you for all that is within your heart, you can do so today. Ask Jesus to give you a new heart, a heart that desires what He desires, that loves Him and others first. A heart that will beat with His love for those who don’t know Him. A heart with the strength to follow and obey Him. You can have this new heart (new life). Just ask Jesus. He is the only one who performs spiritual heart transplants. He is the only True Heart Doctor.