6th July 2017

The Heart of the Matter

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)
 

In a normal conversation when we talk of the heart, immediately our minds begin to think of the heart that pumps blood into every part of the body. The heart is very vital for our existence. Many die of heart attacks. That means the heart-beat stops, and that is scary. Sometimes heart transplants are carried out successfully, and patients survive. That is good news.

But when the Bible speaks of the heart, it is a different matter altogether, for it talks about the whole of man’s personality, the inner-most thoughts of our ‘hearts’. This is classified information revealed by God which I hope will reach the ‘hearts’ of the readers. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” We find similar words in Matthew 15:18-19, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

Thank God, for He will give us a new heart, removing the heart that is hardened by deceitfulness of sin. Read Ezekiel 11:19-20, “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” God repeats this information because of its gravity in Ezekiel 36:26-27. There is a warning in Hebrews 3:12, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”

There is a lot more written about the heart in the Holy Bible. We read in Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” King David understood this and prayed earnestly to God asking, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:10, 17).

Now you may be able to see the difference between the heart that keeps us alive physically and the new heart God gives us to keep us alive spiritually, with His Holy Spirit flowing in us. That is the crux of the matter.

Prayer
Abba, Father, help us to love You with all our heart and mind and soul and being and strength and love our neighbour as ourselves. I ask this in Jesus’ name, our Saviour and King.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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