Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from The Living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "today", lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~The Apostle Paul as recorded in Hebrews 3:12-13The "evil heart" (as it is called here) is allowing SIN to cause us to depart from The Living God. And unrepented SIN will do just that!
So very, very deceived.
We all know SIN is enticing, seductive, and deceitful. But, do we really get the fact that SIN is habit forming? Whether it be alcohol, drugs, lying, stealing, or sex outside of the Covenant of marriage, it becomes habit. Why? Because the god of SIN sees to it that it becomes so. Why? To cause us to depart from The Living God.
Can you hear his heinous laugh as he declares, "One more "Christian" in my death trap"?
And once deceived the heart hardens like stone, which causes you to SIN all the more. Deceit perpetuates continual deception.
If only a brother or sister had come to my husband and exhorted him (like it says in this Scripture) with Truth...the outcome of our lives, our children's lives, our friend's lives may be so different today.
My husband works closely with, and has fellowship with, Believers. Not one of them exhorted him to repent, even though his SINS were/are right under their noses. They are accountable for their non-action of exhorting him. These brothers and sisters even went as far as breaking friendship with me, but continue on with my husband to this day. I wonder what can be found in the "closets" of their hearts?
We cannot - must not - turn our heads when we see a brother or sister in perpetual sin. We must exhort - impel! - them to repentance. That is part of our Kingdom responsibilities and is the outcome of the Love of God being shed abroad in our hearts. Agape Love will cause us to confront no matter how uncomfortable it is to do so. Because Love is an action.
And the outcome is not our responsibility, but speaking up IS!
Because of Him and Unto Him,