When the Bible refers to the heart, it obviously refers to something other than the muscle that pumps blood throughout our bodies. So, what is the Bible referring to? It’s not our soul because we are told to love the Lord with all our heart and soul; therefore, the two are separate. As I have searched through the scriptures, it seems that the heart embodies the deep inner self where emotions, moral values, and our decision making process resides. In essence, the heart is where we live.
I’ve been concerned about what is in my heart. Jesus said that what comes out of a man’s heart can make him unclean. I find that what comes out of my heart is a mixed bag. There is in my heart the potential of both good and evil. So, what can I do about this?
Paul prayed for the Ephesians: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Ephesians 3:16-17). I desire to be strengthened in my inner being. I need God’s power to overcome the evil things in my heart, so the things that “come out” of me will be good things.
In Psalm 51 David asks God to create in him a pure heart. (Psalm 51:10) I join with David in this prayer. My deep inner being, my heart, needs the presence and the power of God if it is to be good. God alone is good. Good comes from me when I am full of God.
“Create in me a pure heart most generous and merciful God. Draw me closer to you that I may reflect your goodness, amen.”