Putting God's Word into Practice…

Romans 2:12-29 Cut to the Heart

on August 9, 2012

To summarize this section, outward appearance and actions may please man but God sees our hearts; he recognizes hypocrisy and judges the secrets of our hearts.  We can know the law, be busy teaching the law, following the rules, but not really have God in first place in our hearts.  When we as believers in God live this way, it causes others to blaspheme or doubt God.  Is there any thing I am doing that would cause unbelievers to respond to God that way?

The Jewish people had been called to be circumcised (cutting away of the male foreskin on the 8th day of life) starting with Abraham as a way to be a people set apart for God and to seal the covenant between God and the nation of Israel.  Sometimes the Jewish people put more hope in their physical circumcision than in God, they (and we) put more stock in rituals than righteousness, and look at the outside instead of the heart.  God is always more interested in our hearts.  In fact in these verses, He said “circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit.”  

How do we get a changed (circumcised) heart?  We allow the Holy Spirit to cut away the things that prevent us from loving God with all our heart!  In Deuteronomy 30:6 it says, “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” What is there in my life that I need to let the Spirit cut away so I am free to love God with all of me?

In the New Living Translation Romans 2:29 says, “A person with a changed (circumcised) heart seeks praise from God and not people.”  People might give us praise for the things they see us do, but God is only impressed with the heart from which the actions stem.  A lot of times, when I look the best outwardly my motives are impure and selfish.  That’s the part God sees!  We have to ask ourselves, “Who are we trying to please?”  If it is not God, we have cut our skins for nothing.


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