Praying For Discernment And Changed Hearts

The headline was made for clicking–“Rick Warren: Paris Happened Because We’re at War with God.” I clicked. The article really wasn’t like the headline. Watch what you click online.

But it made me think.

There is evil in the world. We read it in the Bible. We can see it if we only keep our eyes open. I don’t blame Islam. Many followers of The Prophet are offended and aghast at the atrocities supposedly done in his name but which are just pure evil.

We also know both from the Bible and from experience that the only good comes from changed hearts. We need changed hearts to guide our reaction to circumstances.

A serious  question is whether people caught up in evil can escape and have a changed heart. Our only response from a distance is to pray for those changed hearts.

As for the article, there is no explanation for the comment. It came during a prayer. That is where we need discernment. There is so much sloppy thinking, uneducated opinion, cynicism, and bait for page views (and advertising money that come with them) on the Web, we really owe it to ourselves to practice discernment.

Praying, discernment, changed hearts (especially our own). Spiritual formation. It never ceases.

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2 Responses to “Praying For Discernment And Changed Hearts”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    Amen. I am grateful for your daily posts Gary. Often the change needs to happen in my heart so I He can help transform the stories in my head. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    • Gary Mintchell Says:

      Thanks for the conversation, Joseph. Sometimes we forget to look into the status of our own hearts before diagnosing someone else’s. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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