What Does The Bible Say?
What does the Bible have to say about the heart?
The word “heart” is used in various contexts. The references that have the most significance for Christians involve the heart representing a person’s will or desires. God wants people to love Him with all of their hearts. When they stray, God wants them to return to Him with all of their hearts and be aware of how one treats each other.
Now let’s talk about a few other aspects of the heart.
- In the Bible, the heart often represents the will and That God judges motivation by a person’s heart.
- According to the Bible, a person’s heart reveals his true nature and motivation.
- The Bible says that repentance is measured by whether the person returns to God with “all your heart”
- God holds people accountable for listening to the deceitful messages that their hearts tell them.
The heart has a sphere of divine influence. The heart, as lying deep within, contains ‘the hidden man,’ 1 Pet. 3:4, the real man.
It represents the true character but conceals it” (J. Laidlaw, in Hastings’ Bible Dic.).” (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.)
Romans 2:15 New International Version (NIV) tells us:
15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
Medically, The heart is a hollow muscle that pumps approximately 4.7-5.7 litres of blood per minute throughout the blood vessels to various parts of the body by repeated, rhythmic contractions. It is found in all animals with a circulatory system, which includes the vertebrates.
- The adjective cardiac means “related to the heart” and comes from the Greek ?a?d??, kardia, for “heart”.
The emotional aspect of the heart – Emotional dispositions are also comparable to character, traits, Apathy (also called lethargy or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and/or passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world. derived from the Greek ?p??e?a (apatheia)from apathes without feeling, from a- + pathos emotion. – Pathos (/’pe???s/; plural: patha or pathea; Greek: p????, for “suffering” or “experience;” adjectival form: i.e. ‘pathetic’ from pa??t????) represents an appeal to the audience’s emotions. Pathos is a communication technique used most often in rhetoric (where it is considered one of the three modes of persuasion, alongside ethos and logos), and in literature, film and other narrative art.
Emotional appeal can be accomplished in a multitude of ways:
The purpose of serving others is to set them free to love and serve God, not to make them our servants or to serve our wants or needs, ONLY.
In your relationships with one another, Phil. 2:5 tells us we are to, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
And we asked the question?
What is hardness of heart?
STATED BY CHARLES G. FINNEY that, the language is often used to designate an unfeeling state of the sensibility. But this is not the meaning of hardness of heart when it is spoken of as a crime, as a sin against God. When hardness of heart is spoken of as a sin, the terms designate the committal of the will to a false position; a stubbornness in regard to the claims of God; an attitude of disobedience and self-will.
In this sense we often use such language. When a child is stubborn, stands out against parental authority, we speak of him as hard-hearted, and as hardening his heart against the claims and authority of the parent.
Psalm 73:7 New International Version From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. Psalm 17:10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
That when the heart is hard the mind also is inappreciative of the compassion and forbearance of God.
Being in a great degree blind to the nature and guilt of sin, having no appropriate sense and feeling of guilt, the compassion of God in sparing such a soul will not be at all appreciated. upon such a mind the forbearance of god makes little impression; it is not seen, realized, felt. the will is so stubborn, the intellect is so unfairly used, and the whole mind is held in such a position by the force of the will, that the feelings are very little affected in view of the compassion and forbearance of god.
While the heart is hard, the mind is inappreciative of the love of Christ. To such a mind this love is scarcely felt to be a reality. If it be admitted, it is not felt; it is not realized; the mind is not impressed and subdued by it. The fact is, the soul is in the attitude of rebellion; it is committed against the claims of Christ; it is girded to maintain its position of resistance to Christ and his authority. In this state the love of Christ is not so perceived, is not so realized, as to melt and subdue the soul.
Whenever the heart is hard, there is unbelief; and this unbelief in regard to the love of Christ, this withholding confidence in this love, this refusing to yield the mind up to its influence, prevents this love from overcoming and subduing the mind.
The heart and forgiveness Part 1- 2
We defined, Unforgiveness as “a grudge against someone who has offended you”. Another definition of unforgiveness is not having the compassion to forgive. Unforgiveness is a sin that causes us to think and do evil things.
- A Resentful Attitude That Spews Out All Types of Evil. No matter what or how a person offends us, it is our choice whether we forgive or do not forgive them. From a Biblical viewpoint, to forgive is good and to not forgive is is not good it is bad.
- Unforgiveness can be define as a resentful attitude that spawns a full range of evil thoughts and actions
- And the bible tells us, Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31
The first place to begin with biblical forgiveness is with your heart.
Matthew 7:3-5, Asks the question?
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
V-5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
AND, BECAUSE, IT CAN OPEN THE DOOR FOR JUDGING, AND GOD WORDS SAYS “JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED BY THE SAME JUDGEMENT.” Matt. 7:1
- act of pardoning somebody: the act of pardoning somebody for a mistake or wrongdoing
- forgiving quality: the tendency to forgive offenses readily and easily.
A Stony heart or a heart that has harden or noted hard heart characterizes An automatic, TRIGGER, A hidden defense mechanism which keeps us from being vulnerable or ‘seen’. A hiding place, a wall we believe will protect us from hurt, but IN REALITY, ONE which really makes us lonely and miserable.
Becoming like Christ Jesus is the process we undertake through sanctification and transformation. By dying to self and being resurrected into our new (nature) man in Christ Jesus.
“If I(we) regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” Psalms 66:18
The bible further tells us:
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness. Rom 6:22. And that, Whom He [GOD] foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Rom 8:29.
-Dr. Lillie M. Robinson-Condeso