On willful sin and the words from my mouth…

Keep your servant also from willful sins;  may they not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless,  innocent of great transgression.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart  be pleasing in your sight,  Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” 🙏

Psalm 19: 13-14

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

On willful sins:

We are all sinners. Everyday we struggle with sin. But we fight sin through faith in Jesus. Because of our  faith in Him, we trust that through His mercy and love for us, we are forgiven when we come to Him and ask for His forgiveness. We know that there is salvation when there is forgiveness.

But there is a tendency  to lose salvation when we engage in willful sin, that is when we deliberately commit sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth.  As written in Hebrews 10:26, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” 

Thus, the Psalm of David, to remind us to pray that we be away from willful sins so that they may not rule over us. For willful sin is beyond salvation. 

 On the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart:

Our hearts and the words that we speak have strong connection. They go hand in hand: the mouth and the heart. They are related and both should be pleasing to God. Thus, it is written: 

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45)

This means that we speak out things that are stored in our hearts. There were times that out of frustration on something or somebody, we say things which we are not supposed to be saying, taking into consideration that we consider ourselves followers of Christ. But take note of this, once you realized that what you have spoken is wrong and you acknowledge it before God and confess about it, I believe that it was the Holy Spirit who has in dwell in you that was at work. 

Let’s pray that our thoughts be always captive to the mind of Jesus so everything that we say should be founded on the truths and in accordance with the word of God. We can use the above verse  in praying that the words we speak and we use to daily communicate with others be founded on the truths about Jesus. 

God be with you. 

God looks at the heart..

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“And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.”

Mark 7:18–20

eace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

That which “defile” means,  that which corrupts, pollute or debase. In moral sense, it means that which renders a person unacceptable to God, like committing a sin. 

What makes a person unholy or unacceptable then in the eyes of God? The gospel says it’s not the food that we eat because they are expelled from our bodies afterwards. The thoughts and intentions of our hearts that matter because the things that come out from our  mouths, the things that we do or our actions,  are reflections of what is inside our hearts. 

God judges us from what is inside our hearts which is in contrast  in  the law of man. In the law of man, there is no crime when there is no overt act committed. In the eyes of God, it is different.  For instance, Matthew 5:28 says that “if anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her.” In the law of man, however, there is no adultery by  just looking lustfully at a woman. 

Remember the passage relating to anger? That “whosoever is angry without a cause will be in danger of judgment”.  Anger per se  is not punishable in the law of man, because it is a feeling, a negative or hostile thought. The law of man does not punish a mere thought, it is only when this resulted into action like, murder, that a person is subjected to the judgment of man. But in the eyes of God, this hostile or negative thought that we have against someone brings us already in the danger of being judged by God.

What the gospel is saying here is that, our sin comes from within, it comes from our hearts. It does not matter whether we have actually  take into action what is inside our hearts, for God looks and judges us from our hearts because everything that we do are what our hearts dictate.  The heart is the person’s inner moral and spiritual life, everything we do flows out from it, thus, the scripture says (Proverbs 4:23), guard it. “For the mouth speaks  what the heart is full of,”  Luke 6:45.

God can see what is inside our the very core of our hearts. We may deceive our brothers and sisters, we may even deceive our ourselves, but not God. Yes, we are all far from perfect, but we have Jesus whom we can rely for wisdom for us to be always guided. We may fall short at times of God’s expectations from us, but God can see our repenting hearts and our eagerness not to be separated from Him. God knows the sincerity of ours hearts.  God be with us all.