The Heart of the Matter


“Let’s get to the heart of the matter,” my counselor said as he processed my problem. We discussed my issues, and now he tenderly assisted me to consider the root of the problem, the bottom line, the cause of the situation. This was a scary place to be, because behind my concerns were many fears and lies I believed about myself and the others involved in my difficulty.

When the Bible talks about the heart, 32% of the verses talk about the personality or soul. Another 20% of the verses refer to the center of emotions, with 25% leaning toward intellectual activity, and 23% refers to the decision-making part of a person’s life (or the will). Are you surprised? Me too! The heart is much more than the seat of our emotions. Although the heart can be broken, Scripture also indicates the heart imagines, considers, meditates, pours out, and aches. Psalm 37:4 talks about the heart: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” And so does Deuteronomy 4:39: “Therefore know this day and consider it in our heart that the Lord himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath, there is no other.”

Jesus taught that it is what comes out of a person’s heart that makes them unclean. The human heart can be part of evil things: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened,” says Romans 1:22.

To open ourselves up to truth and the healing promises God offers for our hearts, it is fitting and essential to pray scripture.

Let it soothe your anxious heart today:

Dear Heavenly Father, we praise you from Psalm 9:1: “I will praise you; O Lord, with my whole heart.” Your word says in Matthew 22:37, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and your mind.” We submit to love you, intentionally zero in on your will. “Teach me Thy ways; O Lord, I will walk in Thy truth. Unite my heart to fear Thy name,” says Psalm 86:11. Thank you, Lord, for showing us the truth about our hearts and loving us through your promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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