All Talk, No Heart

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me…

Isaiah 29:13a

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Matthew 15:7-8

This is a scary passage.  It is mentioned in the Old Testament and repeated in the New.  I think that it is mentioned in both places because it is a problem that we are always going to have.  It was a problem in Isaiah’s day, it was a problem in Matthew’s day, it is still a problem today and it will likely be a problem tomorrow.

There are always going to be hypocrites.  In fact, I’m sure all of us have been hypocritical in some situation at one point or another.  But we do not have to be like the hypocrite spoken of in these verses.  These hypocrites say everything just right.  They “draw nigh unto me with their mouth.”  They “honour me with their lips.”  But there is no heart anywhere.  “Their heart is far from me.”

God wants our hearts.  He wants us to worship Him and serve Him from our hearts.  Of course, when our hearts are right, it will help our mouths to be right also.

I have heard it said that it is much easier to say the right words without having a right heart than it is to say to wrong words while having a right heart.  So many Christians today are putting on a show.  They smile and say the right things, but they have no heart for the Lord.  What a sad situation to be in.

We would do well to examine ourselves regularly to make sure that we do not fall into this category!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks so much for showing us about this, reminding us of how important it is to have our hearts right with Him first, then speak. God bless you, Ben!

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