With Mouth and Heart

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 10:5-13

For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. (v. 10)

I well remember the day I found out about it. A pastor whom I deeply respected and who always preached the right things about moral purity was having an affair. He was a hypocrite; it disturbed me deeply.

A hypocrite is someone who says all the right things, but whose lifestyle contradicts that teaching. The mouth and the heart don’t jibe. A Christian should not be a hypocrite. Those who say with their mouths “Jesus is Lord” must take that message into their hearts so that it makes a difference in day-to-day living.

The Christian faith has a message: God has sent his Son into the world as the Savior of the human race. He shed his blood on Calvary to cleanse his people from their sins, and he arose for our justification. Jesus is now Lord of all. This we must confess with the mouth.

But the Christian faith also expects a lifestyle of moral behavior and loving service to God and other people. If we truly believe in Jesus with our hearts, we will want to obey and serve him with our lives.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help me to be a Christian of the heart as well as of the mouth. In your name I pray. Amen.