Good Intentions Are Not That Good
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10
“In one Peanuts comic strip Sally was struggling with her memory verse for Sunday. She was absorbed in her thoughts trying to figure it out when she remembered, “Maybe it was something from the book of Reevaluation.”” (min127).
We must allow the Bible to impact our hearts and lives. Each time you read the Word or hear a Bible message, do a reevaluation of your heart and mind. Let the Bible cut right to the matters of the heart and decide to not merely have good intentions in the Christian life, but to actually takes steps and strides with Jesus.
Some people say: “God knows my heart” in an effort to justify or rationalize a lack of faithfulness or to explain a decision that they have made. God knows your heart, but that is not an “Excuse” for what you DO or Do Not DO. He does not just examine intentions but actions. The Lord “gives” according to our “ways” and doings.”
Good intentions are not the same thing as good actions. Good intentions left by themselves are not that good. They need to be accompanied by good actions. Because God knows your heart, He knows what motivates you and what discourages you. He knows why you do what you do and “what makes you tick.”
Like Jeremiah 17:9 says – the heart… is “desperately wicked: who can know it.” Don’t just follow your heart – follow the heart of God. Do not merely obey your will, but obey the will of God the Father.
Go beyond having “good intentions…”