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Eyes and ears are bad witnesses

July 25, 2017

A long weekend in Nebraska included a tour of the state capitol in Lincoln. Inscribed above the seats of the Nebraska Supreme Court is this quote by Heraclitus:

“Eyes and ears are poor witnesses when the soul is barbarous.”

I think that could be pretty convicting to the witnesses, lawyers, appellants and appellees.

It reminded me of a quote from Bing Crosby in “White Christmas:”

“Everyone’s got an angle.”

(Sorry, that you’ll be singing “White Christmas” melodies the rest of the day….)

The Bible teaches the same. Commands are given in the law of Moses to punish those who give a false testimony. The book of Proverbs warns that the false witness will not go unpunished.

Jesus turns it around the other way, stating that what is in the heart will eventually come out:

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone” (Matthew 15:18-20).

Our thoughts, actions, and words reveal what is in our hearts.

Evil thoughts start in the heart.

Murder and hatred start in the heart.

Adultery and sexual immorality start in the heart.

Theft starts in the heart.

Lying and slander start in the heart.

Everything that you say, do, or think starts in your heart.

That’s why Solomon wrote, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:25).

If you want to change your words, thoughts, and behaviors, you have to change your heart. And to change your heart, your inner being, takes supernatural intervention.

You need the Holy Spirit to give you a new heart through the power of salvation, regeneration, rebirth. And then you need to form your heart convictions by feeding on the Word of God.

If you want to have godly character, you have to know God. And if you want to know God, you have to study God’s Word.

Garbage In. Garbage Out.

 

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From → Proverbs

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