What’s in another person’s heart?

Do any of us ever know what’s in another person’s heart?

Can a person change?

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man.”  Matthew15:19-20

I needed someone to make mud bricks for the outhouse. Our local chief asked if I would hire his nephew.  The village leader told me that this relative used to be a bandit and spent time in prison, but he wanted to change and live right.

His wife along with three of their five children accompanied him every day during the week he worked. His family members carried water and clay. The man did a wonderful job building the outhouse.

After building it, he cleaned the inside of the well by removing the debris and leaves that had fallen to the bottom. Then he scrubbed the interior.  His work was exceptional.

He kept thanking me for the job and telling me he wanted to live right and take care of his family. I told him about Jesus, but he rejected Christ’s love. He claimed he could keep his heart right without the help of God and that he could change his life all by himself, without anyone’s assistance.

After he finished the job, I paid him. He seemed very happy and thanked me several times.

A few days later he murdered his wife who was nursing their child at the time.  The baby in his wife’s arms survived but needed 15 stitches.  All five of the children were sent to live with family relatives.  The chief’s nephew became a national fugitive. Military officers and police overwhelmed our village seeking clues to apprehend him. He’d stolen government-issued weapons and murdered others.

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man.”  Matthew15:19-20

I had no idea of what was in that man’s heart, or what he was thinking. He seemed like such a nice person, always polite to me and kind to his family. But no one knows what’s in another person’s heart. 

It’s always best to warn people of the consequences of sin. That poor man refused to accept Christ. Without Jesus, he had no power to change.

It is only through repentance and turning to the Lord that He will wash the evil out of us. Only Jesus Christ can reach into the depth of a man’s soul and change his heart. Without Him, we have no strength to change.

Let’s try our best to share His love with others. We never know what’s in someone else’s heart. But the decision to accept Christ will always be theirs.

Thanks for joining me today.

Blessings,

Celeste

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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