A continuation of “In My Heart Means What” (see Menu). Previously referencing Charles Swindoll’s thoughts on the “hows and whats” we put into our heart, a friend and follower of my blog added this comment (See his full comments below the first Heart blog). From another perspective though, I do think “the heart” much of the time does mean strong emotions or feelings running alongside the will and conscience. We all know “just going through the motions” without some sense of affection or desire toward God is an unhealthy place to be over an extended period of time. So David prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. . . . Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” His heart has chosen sin (will and conscience) but part of that is because his affections (loves, desires, emotions) have been drawn away from God. His heart needs purifying but also “warming up,” so to speak—He wants to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength—all of it together.
This is a great segway to a deeper Scriptural understanding of what “in your heart” means and how you influence what goes into your heart or comes out of your heart. Following these thoughts with what Jesus had to say about it we learn: …….. “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23 NIV
You can run, but you can’t hide, from your heart that is. Paul David Tripp, in New Morning Mercies says this about Mark 7: Jesus is making a very powerful point. You don’t defeat the disaster of sin by separating yourself from sinful people, places or experiences, though that may be a good thing. To be continued…………
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