Everyone has an internal system to regulate their behavior called their conscience. It works like so many things in our lives; it responds to the way it’s been trained. If we train our conscience with the Word of God and doing what is right, then we would live lives that honor God. However, if we train our conscience to do only what makes us happy, then we would find ourselves in problems with God and man.
So how does right behavior manifest in our lives? It’s impossible to do what’s right without loving God. Doing right involves the heart. It more than knowing the right thing to do in any situation. John 14:23 NLT tells us, “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” Doing what’s right requires obedience.
We were taught that when someone gives you something, you say, “Thank you.” But sometimes the words we say are just words on our part and we don’t mean it. Now when we love God, and we do right from hearts that loves God, our words are expressions of our hearts. In Matt. 12:34 Jesus said, “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” So we need to take good care of our hearts and feed our hearts with the Word of God. Why? “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9.
Now God sent Samuel on an assignment to choose the next king; he had to choose one of Jesse’s sons. When he saw the first son, he looked like a king, but he was not God’s choice. God told Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7. Don’t try to impress those around you; instead, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Thought for Today: Friend, guard your heart.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.