Luke 5:22 – Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” (similar to Question #9 – Matt. 9:4)
Jesus asked this question to a group of Pharisees and teachers of the law, who got upset when He told a paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven before He healed him. Question #9 deals with that situation. Matthew used the phrase “evil thoughts.” Luke words the question slightly differently.
We can think all sorts of things in our hearts… some things that we never verbalize to anyone for a variety of reasons. They may be fearful things, lustful things, prideful things, angry/bitter things, shameful things, etc. You get the picture. These things that we are hiding in our hearts may be crippling our spiritual or emotional life … our relationships with God and with other people. Other people may not know what we’re hiding but Jesus does. He can see into our heart. He wants to help transform those thoughts with the help of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading