Good morning and welcome to Church! This week has been difficult and filled with much tragedy and fear. It is almost impossible for any of us to imagine the kind of evil and darkness that would be in someone’s heart that they might decide to randomly murder so many people and destroy the hopes and dreams of so many others like we saw earlier this week. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
However, I would like to EARNESTLY encourage us and remind us what the Lord Jesus taught us on the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus taught that outward sins of all kinds and measures begins in your heart. Murder begins with an angry heart. Adultery begins with a lustful heart. Lying begins with a selfish and deceitful heart.
Let me remind you of a saying that I heard long ago and that I use often: “Sin always takes you further than you wanted to go; it always keeps you longer than you wanted to stay; and it always costs you more than you wanted to pay.” What is the key word here? ALWAYS.
If you have anger or animosity in your heart toward someone, it will only get worse unless you make it right. However, it will not really start as full-blown anger and animosity. It will start with a little dislike that will turn into general disdain that will turn into outward “well-meaning” (of course) slander, gossip, and tearing down of character. Then it will grow…and grow…and grow.
You and I are not immune from the laws of God. If you have seeds of sin in your heart in any of these areas, or others, then you HAD BETTER take care of them quickly. Jesus said that even if you are at the altar and realize this, then you’d better go and take care of it quickly. He said, “First go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.”
As your Pastor and as your friend, I implore you to listen faithfully to the Word of God. If you allow the seeds of sin to take root in your heart, then you will reap the harvest of that terrible storm. May we truly heed the words of God’s Holy Word.
All for Jesus,