God Looks on the Heart

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10

Ponder This

Life is God’s wonderful gift. Therefore, we should enjoy life and choose life. Jesus is the great Life-Giver. Satan is the great life-destroyer. When Jesus referred to, “the thief,” He was not talking about a thief in the general sense; He was talking about Satan. Satan came to steal and destroy; Jesus came to give life.

Our Lord said if we allow hatred in our hearts, we have transgressed against Him. First John 3:15 says, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” This includes mental murder. Is there somebody you hate? You may say, “I’m not overtly evil.” Do you hate anybody? Is your heart a headquarters for hate? Any kind of hate is not from Jesus, the Author of life.

  • When are you most prone to hate? What people or groups of people make you the angriest?
  • Where have you seen the damage of hate in your life?

Practice This

Pray and repent from the habits of hate in your life.

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