Originally I had prepared a series of posts that would be a broad teaching on what the Bible says about the heart, however after thinking over it a little longer and writing some more I've decided to leave the teaching to the Lord. I will post verses that contain the word heart and pose some questions to go along with them. I may even post some helpful information to go along with the Scriptures posted. I hope and pray that this will be beneficial to you and that you will prayerfully go back into the Bible and read each verse in context. God is faithful to teach and guide each one of us.
Our Hearts are important to God
God exhorts His people many times to love Him with their whole heart, seek Him with their whole heart and follow Him with their whole heart.
Since the Bible was written originally in Hebrew (the Old Testament) and Greek (the New Testament) I thought it would be important to look at the meaning of the word heart in its original language. The Hebrew word lêb (also used as lêbâb), which translated in the English language means heart, is a broad definition for the thoughts, feelings, will, desires and intellect. It means the centre of anything. (source: http://studybible.info/strongs/H3820) The Greek word for heart, kardia, likewise means the thoughts, feelings, or middle. So with this in mind, let's take a look at some of the beautiful Scriptures that talk about our hearts.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 11:18
But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua 22:5
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
Questions to Ponder
1. What do you think seeking the Lord with all of your heart looks like?
2. How would you bind God's Word on your heart?
3. What does it mean to guard your heart?
I would like to share a very helpful definition of the heart from BlueletterBible.com
"The heart denotes the centre of all physical and spiritual life."
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