“For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person.” Matthew 15:19-20
This week sorrow struck our nation as a gunman walked into a movie theater in Colorado and shot 12 people during the midnight movie premier of the new Batman movie. The gunman carefully prepared for this event by wearing a gas mask, a bulletproof vest, and booby trapping his apartment with explosives in the hopes of injuring officers whenever they searched his home. Why would someone who looks like the average boy next door harm so many innocent people and why do bad things like this happen?
We must all remember that God loves us very much. He does allow humans to make their own decisions.. right or wrong. People, like this gunman, become so focused on their anger that they want immediate justice and revenge. Remember, angry people are insecure people. Insecure people bring guns to a movie. Insecure people kill innocent people when life doesn’t go their way. Doesn’t that seem selfish? In the Bible, God lists several things that can lead to a murderous heart such as dwelling on evil thoughts, stealing, lying, and gossip.
What is in our hearts comes out in our actions. If we continually fill our hearts and minds with evil things, we can turn out like Satan who started believing that he was a god and that he could control his life. Satan believed that if he were in charge, life would be better. This gunman also tried to take the place of God and decide that he would hurt others to make himself feel better. We need to guard our hearts. Johnny Cash sings a song called “I Walk the Line”. The lyrics give some good advice “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine. I keep my eyes wide open all the time.”
We need to keep watch on our hearts and be “heart monitors”. Try to fill your mind with positive things and not just TV shows, books, and music that tell us to repay evil to those around us. Let’s start living our lives for God, being a witness to those around us, and choosing to treat others better than ourselves.
1.) Do I struggle with lying, stealing, gossip, adultery, or evil thoughts?
2.) What can I do to work on my evil thoughts and control them?
3.) Pray right now for God to work on your heart and for the families of the victims in Colorado