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Romans 2:12-16, Instinctively Written in our Hearts

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They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts...
— Romans 2:15

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 26, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

My son, Nathan, and I were waiting in line at the local supermarket. He was just getting to the point where he was able to read. He glanced over in the checkout aisle where the supermarkets display the latest copy of the tabloids.

I cannot remember the headline, but it doesn’t take too much effort to remember that it had to do with some celebrity sleeping with someone else. I looked at his face while he was reading the headline, mouthing the words as he tried to read it.

Then, I’ll never forget what he said.

“Daddy, why does it say those things in that paper? That’s private!”

The cashier, I remember, was as taken aback as I was with my kid’s wisdom.

Isn’t it true that many of us know instinctively what the next right thing to do is in our hearts? Unless you are a sociopath—then you really don’t care. But if you’re a normal person, it means that you have to actively go out of your way to do the wrong thing.

Why is it that people still do wrong? Because we’re human?

Probably. It’s also because free will is a two-way street and a double-edged sword. God doesn’t want robots. God wants God’s people with whom God can have a relationship with. That means we need to trust our hearts more often, and consciously do the next right thing, trusting in grace that we will inevitably make mistakes.

What wisdom do you find in your heart?

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