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How To Have A Sweet Heart

Valentine's Day is viewed by many as a time to remember your sweetheart! Do you have a sweet heart? Jesus Christ, the greatest heart-specialist of all time, warns that a lack of sweet hearts is behind all the problems facing mankind today. Would you agree that "evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness" are far too prevalent in our world and are the cause of much human sorrow, suffering and grief? From whence do these things come? Counter to much modem psychology theory, Jesus said, "For from within, out of the heart of men. ...All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark 7:21-23). According to the Great Physician, our primary problem is within — we have a heart problem. Modem explanations often place the blame for immoral behavior out side the one or ones behaving immorally. Maybe she wasn't potty-trained correctly, so it was her parents' fault she killed her own children. Maybe he was "socially deprived" or "chemically imbalanced" or perhaps his violent actions were "alcohol and/or drug-induced" or related to emotional overload or too mud stress at work or home. Then again, maybe he shot his neighbor because he ate too many Twinkies and overdosed on sugar. Modem explanations of man's evil behavior often seek to make "victims" out of vandals and sicknesses out of sin.  The good news in all this is that Jesus Christ can give us a sweet heart! Through the power of His blood the Gospel can change and purify our hearts through faith (Acts 15:9). The result is a "pure heart," which, according to Jesus, is a prerequisite to seeing God (Matthew 5:8).
 

Has your heart been troubled and defiled by sin? Come to Christ and He will give you a "sweet heart!" '

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ