We feel ashamed and guilty, rightly so (Romans -21). Below are five indicators that you may be dealing with an evil heart rather than an ordinary sinful heart.If so, it requires a radically different treatment approach.In addition, the Bible shows us that when someone is truly sorry for the pain they have caused, they are eager to make amends to those they have harmed by their sin.(See Zacchaeus’s response when he repented of his greed in Luke 19.) Tim Keller writes, “If you have been the victim of a heinous crime.
If week after week you hear the talk but there is no change in the walk of that person, especially if you are also receiving feedback from the person who has been sinned against that there is continued covert harm, deceit, and manipulation, you have every reason to question that person’s relationship with God.Part of our maturity as spiritual leaders is that we are to be trained to discern between good and evil. It’s important because evil usually pretends to be good and without godly discernment we can be easily fooled (Hebrews ).When you confront evil, chances are good that the evil heart will stop counseling with you because the darkness hates the light (John ) and the foolish and evil heart reject correction (Proverbs 9:7,8).The benefits of nature to the psyche are well-documented. If getting outdoors isn’t an option, you can still focus your thoughts in a positive direction.Be sure to experience your surroundings to the fullest, by taking notice. Perhaps recall moments from your morning that went well.