The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart

What causes people to do bad things? Is it their upbringing, their education, their relationships? All those things factor into who we are and what we do. But the Bible locates the source of our trouble inside of us, not outside of us! Jeremiah 17v9 says: ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?’ Our deepest problem is located inside of us, in our heart. – Woody Allen once tried to justify a scandalous relationship with a young woman by saying: “The heart wants what it wants.” Those words are full of biblical truth! – Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, every aspect of our lives is marred by sin. Our hearts, which are the centre of our emotions, intellect and will, are deceitful and self-protective… What might heart deception look like in your life? Think about:

  • Have you even justified yourself when you knew you were wrong?
  • Have you ever been sure that you were right, only to find out that you were totally wrong?
  • Have you ever found yourself doing something that’s wrong without knowing why you were doing it?

Explore Bible notes, 30/8/2012