The Honest and Good Heart

Text: Luke 8:15

What The Honest & Good Heart Will Do

  • Hear the word — interested in the truth (Luke 8:8), seeking answers (Matthew 7:7)
  • Be honest — examine what is taught to see if it is the truth (Acts 17:11), examine himself (2 Corinthians 13:5)
  • Do what is right — completely (Acts 2:37-42), not just partially (Matthew 19:16-22)
  • Hold fast the word — do this in faith (2 Timothy 1:13) recognizing that God’s way is best (1 Corinthians 1:25), no compromise (Galatians 2:4-5)
  • Bear fruit — done by doing good works (Colossians 1:10) and following the teachings of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

The Honest & Good Heart Must Be Developed

  • We can develop an evil / hard heart (Exodus 8:15; 1 Timothy 4:1-2)
  • We can also develop an honest & good heart (Ezekiel 18:14-17)
  • Developing / maintaining an honest & good heart is essential for us all — Christian & non-Christian

How to Develop an Honest & Good Heart

  • Exercise humility (James 1:21) — recognize our place before God (Psalm 8:3-4) and the fact that we can be wrong (Romans 3:4)
  • Love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10) — the wise man hates falsehood (Proverbs 30:8), truth gives us a firm foundation (2 Peter 1:12) and an unchanging standard (2 John 6)
  • Seek to practice what is right — God does not & will not force us to do anything, we can choose to do evil or good (Joshua 24:15)
  • Recognize the value of the word (Psalm 19:10-11) — it is the inspired word of God & is profitable to us (2 Timothy 3:16-17), power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16), words of eternal life (John 6:68)
  • Recognize our accountability before God (2 Corinthians 5:10) — if we do not bear fruit we will be cut off (John 15:2), do this “with perseverance” (cf. Revelation 2:10)

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