Six Things... Actually Seven #4
Took a bit of a break on this...
In Proverbs 6:16-19 we read about the things that God hates. Here's number 4:
A Heart that Plots Evil
I can hear your sigh of relief. COOL! I don't plot evil. Are you sure about that???
Sometimes our definition of "evil" may not be the same as God's. Sure... we see acts of evil in the world all the time. Crime. Corruption. Slavery. Abuse. Genocide. Murder. Those are pretty easy to detect, and I'm pretty sure none of us have done those...
But in Matthew 5 Jesus shows us that our rules and guidelines are not the same as his. Jesus tells us that just looking at a woman with lust is adultery, not the act of sexual infidelity. He tells us that thinking angry thoughts about people is murder, not simply the act of taking another person's life. His definition of "evil" and "sin" are a LOT harsher than what we would call evil.
So, don't be too quick to say that your heart doesn't plot evil. I know mine isn't! When I'm jealous of the pastor up the road because his church has it all together. When I'm angry at people who let me down. When images flash across the TV screen quicker then I can change the channel... all these things are a potential for plotting evil in my heart!
That's why I'm SOOOO grateful for the godly men in my life who hold me accountable for my integrity. I'm so thankful for the time and prayer that they pour into me! Without their love and support who knows what plots would be brewing in my heart!
How about you? What do you have in place to ensure that your heart isn't plotting evil?