9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
We often hear from the medical community the importance of being heart healthy. So they tell us about the right foods we are to eat and the amount of exercise we should be involved in so that we can maintain a healthy heart. However, the best that diet and exercise can do is to make us physically healthy. But what about our spiritual health?
For the better part of chapters 1 through 3 of Romans Paul has been explaining to us that the spiritual condition of our heart is not good, in fact it is downright evil. He makes that final conclusion in verse 9 saying that all people are all under sin and then proceeds to quote from the Psalms and it’s not good – “no one is righteous, no, not one.” I don’t know about you but it seems to me no one is exempt, not even you or me.
This should serve to remind us that though we have come to faith in Christ and have been given a new heart, our old man still remains. Which means we must be diligent about keeping our heart from sin. This is what the proverbs tell us – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Puritan pastor John Flavel says of this verse, “The heart of man is his worst part before it is regenerated, and the best afterward; it is the seat of principles, and the fountain of actions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be principally fixed upon it. The greatest difficulty in conversion, is to win the heart to God; and the greatest difficulty after conversion, is to keep the heart with God. Here lies the very force and stress of religion; here is that which makes the way to life a narrow way, and the gate of heaven a strait gate.”
My friends, guard your heart from doing evil, though it be a part of you, be diligent about keeping your heart spiritually healthy.