Fatal Attraction

June 18, 2016
by Martin Wiles

Luke 6:45b – What you say flows from what is in your heart. (NLT)

What I'm known for is as important as why I'm known for it. White was a well-known family name throughout certain portions of West Virginia, USA, and beyond. The family patriarch — and the one who initially brought the family's notoriety — was well known as a tap dancer. Unfortunately, he was shot and killed. His daughter tells how only one of her brothers made it out of the poverty, fatality, and hopelessness that the rest of the family experienced. He moved to another state to escape what had been his family's fate. Two more of her brothers were killed. Those who survived carried on the family reputation: murder, attempted murder, theft, illegal drug use — and without shame. Though the family could quote Scripture, it made no impact on them. What came out in their actions revealed what was in their hearts. They wanted to be remembered for the hell that they raised and for their don't-mess-with-us reputation.

In today's verse, Jesus stated a well-known fact. When good works are seen, they are flowing from a good heart — although one tainted with sin. When evil deeds are witnessed, they flow from a wicked heart — although one tempered with good.

What I'm attracted to is crucial. Because my heart is tainted with a sinful bent, I tend to be drawn to those things that are either against God's will for me or not in my best interest, things that will bring only temporary pleasure, things that exhibit a selfish nature. I'm also attracted to fatal attitudes and emotions. Revenge is much easier than forgiveness. Anger is much simpler than love. What I'm naturally attracted to is fatal and will bear itself out in ungodly actions and attitudes.

Only Christ can change what attracts me. When I ask for His forgiveness, He gives me a new nature. When I feed that new nature through spiritual disciplines such as Bible study and prayer, the things that attract me will change — and so will my actions and attitudes.

What things or attitudes attract you? Your answer reveals the state of your heart. Be attracted by good and godliness.

Prayer: Father, draw us to feed our inner selves so that our outward actions will promote love for You and others. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Martin. Have a good one.


    Well said Martin, Thanks for sharing. My extended family should read this and take heed. Be blessed.


    Thank you, Martin for today’s writing. It gives me much food for thought.
    I have always found your work thoughtful and spiritually deep. Blessings.


    Martin, your message reminded me of Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
    Blessings.


    Hey Martin! Thanks for the good advice! Goodness and godliness need a checkup as we all too easily scream through our week.
    Blessings in Christ.


    Thank you so much for your excellent devotional which certainly speaks to the concern that we have in America with the terrible event in Orlando, Florida. How true it is that as a man thinks in his heart so he is, as related to us in Proverbs. How we need to read God’s word every day and sing unto the Lord as long as we live!


    Thanks for this.
    It’s inspiring to see brothers and sisters in Christ connect and uplift each other, using the many avenues available to us in the 21st century.
    Thank you for your part in this,
    (BC)


    Bless your house.


    Hi Martin,
    Thank you for your devotional.
    Thank you and blessings.


    Thank you Martin for reminding me that I am never immune to the enticement of fatal attractions which didn’t necessarily disappear when I became a Christian. I must always keep up my shield of faith for the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy and doesn’t stop just because I have committed my life to Christ. If anything he undoubtedly becomes craftier in his presentation of what he knows could be my weak points. SO I really need to keep the spiritual armour in good shape.

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