“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” (45)
When push comes to shove, what really inhabits us slips out. Yikes.
Jesus isn’t about the show, or nit picking the rules. When the Pharisees sought to entrap him, he simply asked, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” (9) In all their cracking down on the Law, the religious leaders had lost the heart of God.
It’s not about fairness or procedures, it’s about unconditional love; that which gives generously, expecting nothing back.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (27-28)
We are each accountable to God. This disqualifies us from ever refuting, “but they...”or, our favorite past time: judging others. Only God is qualified to judge, because only see can see our hearts. Our job is to love as He loves.
Therein lies the “come to Jesus” moment, because none of it is possible in our own strength. God must touch the core of our hearts, otherwise we are still faking righteousness, judging internally, and hoping no one really shoves us. Thankfully, this is exactly what He promises to do.
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
Thank you, Jesus, for working powerfully within us to make us more like you, with a heart like your heart. Thank you for showing us your beautiful way, and not leaving us to navigate Jewish laws. Lead us in generosity, not comparing ourselves to others or judging, but loving unconditionally.