“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person” ~Proverbs 27:19
The Bible is so alive! It will never run out of things to say to me. There is always a new conversation there for me. Today, that was Proverbs 27:19. It’s a beautiful verse, but not a well-known verse. A conversation I had with a friend this week, sparked in me the desire to seek out what all the Bible has to say about the heart. My first thoughts went to this wonderful, well-known verse:
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important; Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commands!” Matthew 22:37-40
Many of us Amen these verses, believe these verses, and maybe even quote these verses. But have we looked closely at what it really means to apply these verses? To live them? Let’s look at the Word to see what more the Bible tells us about the heart and what it really means to live this out.
We all know that our physical heart is at the epicenter of our body- our most vital organ. Without it, there is no blood flow, there is no life. But what is our figurative heart? It is the seat of our emotions, thoughts, intentions, personality, disposition, courage, love, and affection. It is the central, most vital part of us in more ways than just the physical body. Our heart is our secret life. and it is what God will one day judge. Not our good deeds, nor our outward acts, but our heart, and what we did with HIm there. (Romans 2:15-16) Matthew 22:40 really struck me today. It says that all other commands are based on these 2 commands. To me that says, if we are following these 2 commands, we will be led toward following all of the other commands God has given to us. I looked up what God had to say about what we are to do with all of our heart, and this is what I found: (I know there is more, but this is a work in progress).
-love (Deuteronomy 6:5)
-worship (I Samuel 12:20) –
give (1 Chronicles 29:9)
-serve (Deuteronomy 10:12)
-obey His commands and decrees (Joshua 22:5)
-praise (Psalm 103:1, 108:1)
-seek (I Chronicles 22:19)
-meditate (Psalm 19:14)
-thank (Psalm 111:1)
-search for Him (Psalm 119:2)
-believe (Romans 10, 9-10)
-do His will (Ephesians 6:6)
-decide (2 Corinthians 9:7)
-demonstrate right from wrong (Romans 2:15-16)
Wow! Other verses tell us that God examines our hearts and that He rejoices when He finds integrity there. (1 Chronicles 29:17) Deuteronomy 6:5 calls us to a whole hearted committment to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. He tells us to remind ourselves and to:
-repeat it to our children
-talk about it at home
-on the road
-going to bed
-tie it to our hands and wear it on our foreheads
– and for further reminder, to write it on the doorposts of our house & gates!
God really wanted us to GET this! And the cool thing is, HE GETS US! That’s why He knows we need reminders- and tells us what to do to remind ourselves!
“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do.” Psalm 33:13-15
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life”. Proverbs 4:23
“Turn to me now while there is still time. Give me your hearts. ” Joel 2:12
“Create in me a clean heart and renew a loyal spirit in me.” Psalm 51:10
“I pray that our hearts will be flooded with light so that we can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called–His Holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that we will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”Ephesians 1:18-20AMEN