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The Heart of Man

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” Romans 2:28, 29

How many times have you heard of someone getting hurt by a Christian or by the church? Sadly, this is something I hear much too often. In Romans 2, Paul is dealing with the issue of religion. Religion is something that can so easily creep into our personal lives and in the church; the body of Christ. If we are a religious person, we are hearers of the Law, not doers of the Law (Romans 2:13).

The Word of God is not a book that is meant to condemn others. The Bible is meant to free men from the condemnation of the enemy. Is our heart to save our brother and sister from an eternal hell or is it to view them with criticism pointing out the wrong they’re doing?

Multiple times the Word of God tells us that God looks at the heart of man, the secret part of each person. If my heart is right and pure before God, then I believe the Holy Spirit gives us insight in viewing others without partiality. Sometimes we see an outward action and quickly point out blame or even praise them. I want to encourage us to look past the outward man and to see who they really are. When we do this, we are seeing them as Christ sees them and we will have compassion and not condemnation. Let’s share the truth of the gospel in love and compassion and I know we will see the lost become saved and the hurting become healed.

November 16 Pastor Emily Christenson


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