The “Ugly”

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart, I try the reigns, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9-10

What is the most deceptive and deceitful thing in the entire world?  Many people would point to some criminal or someone like that.  Others might find some scam or scam artist that they may have followed at one point or another.  But most people in the world would point their finger at someone else.  But that is not what the Bible has to say.

The Bible tells us that the absolute most deceitful thing and the most desperately wicked thing in the entire world is our heart.  My heart is deceitful and it is wicked.  In fact, it is more deceitful and more wicked than anything else I might come across.  That is a hard pill to swallow.

We are often told to “follow our heart.”  We are told to “trust our heart.”  Unfortunately, Satan has deceived us as to our very nature.  If we really do “follow our heart,” we will end up in a pit of sin and surrounded by problems and heartaches.  Our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.  Our heart is black with sin and rebellion against God.  Our heart is just plain ugly!

Fortunately, God can wash and clean our hearts from the filth of sin.  He can even give us a new heart that will love and obey Him. 

This is an important truth for us to remember as we are constantly bombarded with the world’s philosophy.  We should not trust our wicked and deceitful heart, we should trust only in the Lord.  He will not deceive us and is worthy of our trust.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    “Fortunately, God can wash and clean our hearts from the filth of sin. He can even give us a new heart that will love and obey Him. ”
    I am happy to find this after the bad yesterday makes me hopeful 🙂

    Thankful He didn’t stop at the bad and the ugly! Praying we will allow Him to work through our hearts so that we will hear “well done, good and faithful servant”!

    Blessings, Ben


  2. Hello Ben,

    This article sheds light, on a topic that is not spoken of, and perhaps not thought of very often, the condition of the heart. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” I thank God for giving me a clean heart, a heart that loves Him, and for renewing a right spirit within me.

    I came to your blog from Theresa’s page, and I’m glad I did. May God bless you!



  3. Really taking in the post and the comments. Thank you for speaking on the heart. Do you know of some books by John Eldridge about the heart? Now it makes me wonder about them and the teaching in them. I think when in doubt, trust Jesus over my heart!!! God bless you and your teaching and leading to Jesus!


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