“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man
according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
Jeremiah 17:10                                    

The previous verse before our passage says:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9

The “heart” here refers to the inner self, which thinks, feels, and acts. It encompasses both the physical organ and a person’s inner yearnings. It is from this definition that the issues or forces of life are being produced. The heart of a man has a tendency to be independent of its convictions, determine its personal decision of living, and choose its own way of implementing.

As sin entered into the heart of man, it became deceitful and desperately wicked. Desperately wicked, in this verse means; incurably sick. This has drifted away from the purpose God had intended for the hearts of men to know and recognize Him, and replaced it with egoistic ulterior motives. Thus, man chose to disobey rather than to obey. To take control rather than to release. To hate rather to love. To manipulate rather than to liberate. To take advantage rather than to help. To judge rather than to understand. To seek fame and prestige rather than to care and serve. Because of the sickness of our heart, the motives and the intentions that were coming out of it became totally tainted by an evil conscience.

Who can know the real motives of our hearts? It is God alone. And he is able to sort out and analyze what lies within us. As God sees it, give some time to reflect and check why we do what we do, letting our intentions be filtered in the standard of God’s word. And let His Word act as a discerner of the secret thoughts and the real intents of our hearts. It is not enough that we consume it and not getting the real deal of it. It’s between you and Him.

And who can correct the motives of our hearts? It is Jesus alone. A well-known Christian apologist said: “Jesus is the only one who can diagnose us with so much precision of the wretchedness of the human heart.” Jesus fulfilled the prophecies concerning the redemption of the heart of man through what He did on the cross. His finished work paved the way to redeem the sickness of our hearts, because from His heart flowed His blood. That precious blood to cleanse away the filth of sin that resides in the heart of man. 

We are accountable to Him. Let God see your nakedness. And l firmly suggest that when it comes to the enemy, let your defenses stand against him. When it comes to God, you must pull it down and let him invade your life, and not the other way around. Let his truth purge any form of selfishness, and let your heart be surrendered to God in reckless abandon through Jesus. In that way we can guard our hearts diligently, avoiding the enticements of sin, because our hearts are tuned in to the one who wholeheartedly loved us and gave Himself for us.

Also, we are not in the position to judge someone’s journey with God. But we are responsible to evaluate our own motives in everything we do. Seek daily to let His Word instruct, affirm, and correct our understandings and determine to let our lives live in alignment to what He says. The process of transformation is manifesting when we desire to love the Lord with our all and loving others as well, an evidence of having a changed heart.

Written By: Aaron Teodosio