The word heart is used in different ways through the Scriptures. To understand the meaning of the human heart, one needs to view it from the Biblical perspective. The Bible says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV). When God looks at any human, He does not look to see the color of his or her skin. He does not look to see the kind of clothes he or she wears. Nor does He consider his or her social position. The Bible says that God looks upon the heart to see what you are on the inside – the thoughts, motives, and intents of the heart.
The question I want to ask everyone is, is your heart right with God? Moreover, if it is not right before you leave here today, I hope you will allow God to make it right. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4: 23, NIV). The Bible indicates a great deal about the condition of the average person’s heart. In Proverbs 6:18, the Scripture speaks of “a heart that devises wicked schemes (imaginations)” In other words, the Scripture says that human heart is full of evil imaginations expect such heart is regenerated by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the Bible says, in Jeremiah 17:9, that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Your heart is deceitful. You cannot trust it if you are outside of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, in Matthew 15:7-9, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” Think of it now. There are some in the church for different reasons rather than to worship God. You sing on Sunday morning. You go through the ritual of the liturgy of the church. With your mouth, you honor God. However, your heart is far from Him. Your heart – your real self – is taken up with the things of this world. God wants to heal your heart as you draw to Him.
The Scripture teaches that one’s heart can be hardened. The same sun that shines on the clay hardens the clay, but it melts butter. Moreover, the same Gospel that is preached will soften some hearts until they yield to Christ, but it will harden others. And it is possible for you to harden your heart by delaying to receive Christ until it is so hard that, when God speaks, you no longer hear Him.
Now, what is God’s attitude toward our hearts? The Bible says He knows the heart: “Shall not God search this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21). He knows all your secrets. You cannot hide anything from God. He knows every single thing that goes on there. Just as physical heart trouble is often hereditary, so spiritual heart disease is often passed from generation to generation. Moreover, just as this disease afflicted the Old Testament Jews, so it was the number-one killer of spiritual life at the time of Christ. -Rev. Akintoye J. Akintunde