“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
If you have a runny nose, it probably means you have a cold or some kind of infection. But if you go to the doctor and all he/she gives you is a pack of tissues, instead of giving you medicine for the infection CAUSING the runny nose, you won’t feel better. Sin is the same way; it’s just a symptom of a sick heart.
The Bible shows us that God cares way more about our hearts than our actions. If our hearts are healthy and resting in Him, then our actions will take care of themselves and start to reflect Christ to others. Our hearts go from being sick to being healthy when we abide in Him. Abiding in Jesus is simply spending time with Him and by obeying His commands. Everything is a matter of the heart, and God promises to abide in our hearts if we also abide in Him.
Lord, thank you that you care about my heart more than my actions. I have symptoms of sin in my life that I have been so focused on, that I haven’t recognized the source. Please forgive me for allowing my heart to abide in the world instead of in Your love. Please help me to abide in You and obey Your commands so that my heart can be healthy, and I can be who You created me to be. Thank you for always showing me grace, always forgiving me, and drawing close when I am brokenhearted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.