"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings" Jeremiah 17:9-10.
There is nothing we can do about the evil that lives within our hearts. When we want something, we will do whatever is necessary to get it. Whether it be a new house, a new car, a new spouse or whatever our desire, we will find a way to get it. We may use legal means like working overtime to make the extra money or we may turn on the charm to impress someone new or may turn to illegal things such as stealing, cheating, lying or killing. These things are practically the same with only a difference of degree.
Difference: A legal means will require of sacrifice somewhere within our life. It may be that we steal time from our family to make the extra money or pad our timecard. These things are just as sinful as robbing a bank or lying. A sin is a sin to God. There is no difference.
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
A sin is a sin and every sin that we commit will keep us from God.
We cannot do anything about our deceitful hearts but we have a loving God who can and will if we only ask.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
God can take our hard and self-centered hearts and replace them with a heart that is full of mercy and love. We may find it a hopeless cause but there is nothing is too great for God although He will not do it until we are ready and we ask. He points us in the right direction but He has given us the freedom to choose whether to accept or refuse Him.
Do you feel defeated and full of despair? Just turn to Jesus and He will lead you down the path you should go. He will take your lifeless heart and make it come alive with His love because He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIGHT!