Don’t we hear this all the time from someone trying to stretch God’s mercy and grace to compensate for their continued conscious wrongdoing? He knows my heart! I believe that deep down those who say this truly believe they are genuinely good people, but choose to use this saying to make peace within themselves and justify their wrongdoing. I say to you, yes, the Lord does know our heart and it is full of sin and evil.
“So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. (Psalms 81:12).”
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)”
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit,sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. (Mark 7:21-23)”
Throughout the Bible, the heart is never discussed solely as a pure entity. Rather, it is described to be wavering and dependent on our human desire, be it good or bad. We think our heart is where the purity of our souls lie, but I assure you it is the opposite. By purifying your soul, your sinful hardened heart is turned into a loving heart pumping the blood of The Living God.
“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: (Ezekiel 11:19)”
When we are renewed in spirit by God, we are said to be given a heart of flesh, not a heart of the flesh. A dead stony heart is being contrasted with a heart that is alive and well. The Lord Almighty has the unequivocal power to quicken our spirits and bring us unto life through his Word. The heart is every bit a member of our worldly bodies no less than or hands, feet, and brain are. So the next time you try to justify your wrongdoings by saying God knows your heart, know that our hearts are filled with the desires of our flesh and just because you call on Him does not mean you’re automatically accepted of Him.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)”
By doing the will of God and through the edification of our spirits are we able to purify our hearts and strengthen our relationship with God.