Have you ever said to yourself, “I don’t know why I did that. Where did that come from? Why did I say that?” Well, it came from your heart because what’s on the inside comes out. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he …”

In Romans 7, the apostle Paul struggled with this same frustration as he cried out, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

So we should not become disheartened and discouraged when our words and actions don’t always match our profession of faith. This work is a life-long process that the bible calls sanctification. When we live out of love for Christ, our hearts will be on display as a witness to His goodness and faithful as He continues to change us. Philippians 1:6 says, “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”