Deceitful Heart, Gracious God

About a month ago I read Jeremiah 17:9-10 and since then these verses have popped into my head almost everyday. They say, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.'”

These verses are very convicting. I got to thinking, if I were to write down every thought and action I have and do in a day would the good out way the bad. If God’s were to reward me for my conduct today, what would I deserve? 

I am a pretty snippy and sarcastic person. I also tend to take people’s comments and actions personally, which then leads to me getting defensive and well…not very kind. Rather, my thoughts become rude, which then leaks out into my actions. 

If God were to reward me for my thoughts and actions today (and, well, most days), I am afraid that reward would not be a positive one. No matter how good I try to be, my heart is deceitful. I am a selfish, imperfect being. That is why I am so thankful for God’s grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)


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