Did you know there are over 100 verses about the heart in the Bible? You probably agree, it sure shows the importance of the subject.
When it comes to the heart topic a lot of things are connected with it: love and how we handle our other emotions, wisdom, health, wealth, but most of all, our redemption and eternal destination.
Although God can (re-direct) our hearts, it is first and foremost our responsibility to develop and maintain a soft, pure, joyful, loving, generous, and wise heart. The core though is, to do everything wholeheartedly with God at the center and as focal point.
Heart training starts in early childhood, but it doesn’t stop there. It is a lifelong endeavor and discipline, challenged by the various trials we encounter.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:5
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
And I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
Pretty comprehensive just these 20 selected Bible verses, right? But God gives us also comfort that He will be on our side if we keep Him at the forefront of our heart and mind.
The questions then are:
- Do you have this close connection with God?
- Isworking on your heart a main spiritual goal?
- What exactly needs to be worked on and how will it be achieved?
Important questions for each of us. Let’s go for them!