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The Heart Of The Matter


heart-03heart-03The heart is the vital organ which pumps blood  carrying oxygen to the whole body. Yet it seems strange that in our everyday language, the word is used to describe attitude and emotions. 

 prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /In English: heart of gold, soft hearted, hard hearted, no heart, pain in heart, heart weighed down,etc. In Mandarin: good heart,   black hearted, hard hearted, heart painful, etc. It is surprising that there are so many similar terms.

In Biblical texts, beside the organ, heart also means  intellect, awareness, mind, inner person, inner feelings, deepest  thoughts. In Hebrew (Old Testament written in this language), concept of heart encompasses both the physical organ and the person’s inner yearnings.     Delight yourself in the LORD

       and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4 


 And so The Israelites were asked to love their God with their whole heart, mind and strength. This was quoted by Jesus too when questioned what was right to do.

 Love the LORD your God with

all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.   Deuteronomy 6:5 

 你要盡心、盡性、盡力愛耶和華─你的 神。申命記6:5 

But God can see our inner most being as these verses below indicate .

 The heart is deceitful above all things

       and beyond cure.

       Who can understand it?

"I the LORD search the heart

       and examine the mind,

       to reward a man according to his conduct,

       according to what his deeds deserve."       Jeremiah 17:9,10   





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Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 , 你 們 若 真 與 基 督

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