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The Purposes of Our Hearts Matter (1 Corinthians 4:5)


First Corinthians chapter four verse five therefore do not pronounced judgement before the time before the Lord comes who will bring to light things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart then each one will receive commendation from God. There's so much in this verse as we continue thinking about judgment here. In the beginning of First Corinthians Chapter Four one when Paul writes differ do not pronounce judgment before the time before the Lord comes just a reminder to us that we see all throughout scripture that we never need to forget that justice is only rightly seen in the long term overtime not in the short term in a specific time. There are all kinds of examples where you might look at a situation and say where's the justice in or maybe even a think justice doesn't prevail but in the large arc of the universe i. Justice prevails. We know where the whole story is headed in the end. So we trust. God's timing as the just one but then there's another part of this I i WanNa Kinda hone in on when when Paul says before the Lord comes who will bring to light. The things now hidden in darkness and we'll disclose the purposes of the heart so judgment does not just involve actions things. We do but purposes ambitions. What's in the heart? Things we desire and that reality is convicting to core. Because I can think about all kinds of things I could do. That would be at least look on the outside look good and right and even God honoring but I can have sinful purposes in my heart amidst good actions and deeds. I just take a simple example. I could preach on a Sunday. God's word in a way that draws people to Christ her bills up people in their faith Glorifies God but in my heart. I can do that work or the desire for man's applause with a desire that people would think well about me with a concern for my reputation like all kinds of sinful desire sinful purposes. Selfish purposes can be my heart in the most holy of acts and that's just one example all across our lives like the purposes of our heart matter. I guess that's the point. I Corinthians chapter four verse five the purposes of our hearts matter and so. Let's ask God to purify the purposes of our hearts. God we we know the we will one day stand before you as judge. We know that we will give an account for our works. We praise you that in the Gospel in Christ through faith in Jesus. We have forgiveness of our sends. We have internal life with you. Thank you God. We don't have to totally be afraid of This Day of judgment coming. We praise you. There's no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus at the same time. Oh God we want won't be found faith on that day. We want our works to stand the test of fire. And I Corinthians three kind of way and we want on the day when the purposes of our art are disclosed. God Re brave for purity and those purpose for humility for all the purposes of our heart. Not just what we say or do but why we say or do it. What's driving us? What's going on Internally Amidst these external actions? God please please please make us pure and only in our hearts in our purposes in our thoughts and our desires. You might be maximally

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