God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.Psalm 7:10, New Living Translation
Keeping our hearts true and right is clearly important. But what does it really mean! It’s easy to say and easy to intend to do, but how do you actually do it?
Let’s begin with what is our heart? Like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz, who discovered he already had a heart, our heart says more about our character than our anatomy in this sense. And in thinking of character we know what makes a true character, namely the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. When we truly live in the spirit, we see these fruit in our character, attitudes and actions. The target cannot be the fruit itself, but as Paul says earlier in Galatians 5:16 “let the Holy Spirit guide your lives”. He goes on to point out the perils of choosing to live by our sinful nature. As we reflected in a previous post about Psalm 6 this is about choosing daily to submit to the will of God and allowing him to take control. To stop trying to be gods ourselves but choosing to yield to God’s lead.
Thank you God that you care so deeply about each of us. Make your way clear to us, lead us in the right way and give us courage to put aside our own ways and follow yours. Amen.