Affairs of the Heart #1. “The heart is self-revealing.”

Affairs of the Heart #1. “The heart is self-revealing.”

If you have never heard of Nancy Brophy ‘the author,’ it’s probably because her self-published Romance Novels didn’t sell. But if you have heard of Nancy Brophy ‘the murderess,’ then it is because the murder of her husband reads like a plot from a Romance Novel ‘gone wrong.’ In 2018 Nancy (71) followed her husband (63) to work, shot him twice, and went home to await a $1.5 million insurance pay-out. She would have gotten away with it but for a security camera photo that put her car in the vicinity of the murder. And, although inadmissible in court, her 2011 blog post titled, “How to Murder Your Husband,” didn’t help her cause in the court of public opinion. To this day she claims that she loved her husband and had nothing to do with the killing.

If there are two things that reveal the condition of a person’s heart, they are words and treasures. Jesus warned that words expose the contents of the heart, and that treasures expose ownership (Matthew 12:34; 6:21).

The Christian does well to examine closely the words that he dispenses freely. But he does better to examine closely the treasures that he holds tightly.

If Dan Brophy had read Nancy’s writings and had seen the debt from her extravagant spending, he may have literally saved his own life.

When Christ is the treasure of our hearts, we declare that “Jesus is Lord!” (Romans 10:9). This is because “it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

Thus, the heart is self-revealing, and Jesus will judge us according to that which we hold most dear:

“Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds” (Revelation 2:23).

John Staiger


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