‘For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.’ Matthew
Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 58:1–6
Your child will have evil thoughts without your sending him to a diabolical infant school; children who have been brought up in the midst of honesty, will be found guilty of little thefts early enough in life.
False witness, which is one form of lying, is so common, that perhaps to find a tongue which never did bear false witness would be to find a tongue that never spoke.
Is this caused by education or by nature?
It is so common a thing that even when the ear has heard nothing but the most rigid truth, children learn to lie and men commonly do lie and love to tell an evil tale against their fellow men whether it be true or not...bearing false witness with an avidity which is perfectly shocking.
Is this a matter of education, or is it a depraved heart?
Some men will willfully invent a slanderous lie, knowing that they need not take any special care of their offspring, for they may lay it in the street and the first passer-by will take it up and nurse it, and the lie will be carried in triumph round the world; whereas a piece of truth which would have done honour to a good man’s character, will be left to be forgotten till God shall remember it at the day of judgment.
You never need educate any man into sin.
The serpent is scarcely born before it rears itself and begins to hiss.
The young lion may be nurtured in your parlour, but it will develop before long the same thirst for blood as if it were in the forest.
So is it with man; he sins as naturally as the young lion seeks for blood, or the young serpent stores up venom.
For meditation: Adam and Eve were created sinless in God’s image (Genesis 1:27; 5:1); they became sinners and as the result of disobedience Adam’s children were born sinful in his image (Genesis 5:3). Everybody since has sinned as the result of being born a sinner—except for the Son of God who was born in the likeness of sinful flesh i.e. in real, but sinless, flesh. Are you trusting in him alone as the one who was punished in his own flesh for your sin (Romans 8:3)?
fromSpurgeon at the Metropolit
Sermon no. 732 ~ 27 January (1867)
This devotional really spoke to my heart this morning...almost as a relief...
I was brought up believing that it was my fault that I was such a horrible sinner. I was shamed constantly regarding any slight infraction. However, God's word says that "we all sin and fall short of God's glory" so from birth I was burdened with sin automatically...I did not need to have additional burden of shame placed upon my small shoulders. We all sin because of Adam...we are made new with Jesus. Once I accepted Christ as my Savior he removed the burden of sin and began making me into a "new creation!" The process is gradual but it is constantly moving toward the "new person" Christ wants me to become. God's Word says to seek and I will find...to ask and it will be given to me...I am surrounded by God's protection as I seek refuge in His Son, Jesus Christ!! Because of Christ, I am forgiven and God will not remember my sins any longer!! Though my sins were scarlet...He made me white as snow!! I am the apple of His eye and He holds me in the palm of His hand...the Lord is my portion!! Alleluia, Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! In Jesus name I am thankful!!