As believers we always talk about watching the company we keep and praying for a discerning heart and mind, but do we really know what signs we are looking out for in people? There is one famous scripture that we frequently quote, “You can tell a tree by the fruit that it bears,” and this is true. You can tell what a person is about by what they produce, but fruit does not just manifest itself in works. Most importantly, fruit manifests itself in the heart. Whereas people can trap us in the beautiful web of deceit they weave with their “good” works, a heart cannot lie. But, how do we know what is in a person’s heart? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 28:1 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
You can tell if a person is of wicked or righteous heart by their measure of cowardice or boldness. For example, you walk up to someone with no accusatory intent. Perhaps all you want to do is say hello, but he or she jumps and says, “I didn’t do it.” That, my friends is a person who is up to no good. If you know anyone who is constantly watching their back or is constantly on the defense for no appearant reason, you might need to rethink how much time you spend around them. People of righteous heart, on the other hand, will stand firm even when falsely accused. They will not cower or become irate, for they know they did nothing wrong; they know they lead an upright life and do not need to answer to anyone except God for their actions. This is how you discern the heart of man.
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