“Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart.” 2 Chronicles 25:1&2 NKJV
Amaziah did what was right, but his heart wasn’t in it. It makes me stop and think about my motives. The times when my heart wasn’t all in. It may be easy to fake on the outside, but I can’t fool God. Eventually the ugliness will seep out when I am not surrendering to him every day.
A word that I didn’t mean to say and can’t take back.
Yelling at my kids.
Thinking angry thoughts.
Jeslousy, envy, bitterness…to name a few.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-36 NKJV
I have prayed for changed hearts and have seen him answer. But, sometimes he is trying to change mine.
“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good. God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.” Psalms 53:1&2 NKJV
Dear Father, I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to change me from the inside out. Give me eyes to see others with a heart like yours. Amen.