Inside of every human being, subtle imperfections exist. While its easy to focus on the negative, highlighting the good within people seems like a lost art. Driven by a political climate where enemies are destroyed, discredited or smeared, malevolent thoughts are taking over. Instead of listening to the guiding light of your conscience, a glimmer of darkness is infiltrating minds to promote hostility.
And He said, “Whatever comes from [the heart of] a man, that is what defiles and dishonors him. 21 For from within, [that is] out the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 acts of greed and covetousness, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained conduct, envy and jealousy, slander and profanity, arrogance and self-righteousness and foolishness (poor judgment). 23 All these evil things [schemes and desires] come from within and defile and dishonor the man,” Mark 7:20-23.
During a parable known as the heart of man, Jesus’ harsh words made his disciples feel uncomfortable. After the crowds went home, the disciples requested a private meeting, wanting to understand what Jesus meant by malevolent thoughts. If the eyes are the lamp of the body, Matthew 6:19-24, the heart is the voice within. Cursing, inappropriate language and swearing doesn’t happen over night. Rather, words naturally flow out of what’s stored up inside your heart.
But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. 17 For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do, Galatians 5:16-17.
The apostle Paul blames this conflict on a spiritual battle between 2 opposing powers. If Lucifer infected Eve with lust in the Garden of Eden, the presence of sin has become a deadly venom poisoning once innocent hearts. While cable news, social media and talk radio focus on outward actions, deeds and words, no one is addressing the heart of this matter. Unless individuals begin to take this condition serious, malevolent thoughts will continue to create havoc. May this blog awaken your soul so that you will become responsive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to overcome malevolent thoughts.
by Jay Mankus