February 15, 2019 Exodus 31,32; Matthew 15

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The Heart | Kim Chipman

S~ It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth…But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. Matthew 15:11,18 (NIV)

**disclaimer: I usually do not do this much study for a SOAP note. I had some time today, and one thing led to another. **

O~ defile [dih-fahyl] (verb) : to make foul, dirty, impure, or unclean.

So, what can make me unholy/impure is from my heart. So what does that mean exactly? What is my heart?

Lots of people talk about humans being comprised of body (physical), soul (mind, will, and emotions), and spirit (connects with God). Honestly, there are more explanations and diagrams for how body, soul, and spirit fit together than I could count. But what about the heart? Where does that fit?

One blog post  describes the difference between soul and spirit like this, “Adam was created from the dust of the earth and became a living soul. Because of this, our senses, which are contained in our souls, are attuned to the earth. That is why our feelings shift and change according to what is happening around us. Everything that is of the earth is unsteady and changeable, which is why a person who allows their soul to control their life is never at rest. Through the soul – through my senses and feelings – I am in contact with people. Someone who lives according to the soul is always in unrest with regard to what other people think and say about him.

Through my spirit I am in contact with God. However, when I am soulish I live according to my understanding, my senses, which are earthly, and my body is used to serve this world. Then my spirit is also filled with that which is of this world, with the result that I have little or no contact with God. Salvation in Christ is meant to change this relationship so that I become spiritual and heavenly instead of soulish and earthly. The result is a life of faith instead of a life according to my human understanding.

The intention is that our spirit is to be made alive so that God can speak to us; we should live for Him and for the heavenly things. Then we find rest for our souls. The heavenly things are eternal and unchangeable.”

This helps me a TON to understand soul and spirit, but where does heart fit in? One article states, “The soul and spirit are mysteriously tied together to make up what the Scriptures call ‘the heart’.” Another article says, “The heart comprises the soul and the spirit.”

I searched Scripture for the word “heart” in the Bible and in the NIV there are 725 verses! (ESV has 826!) God says HE has a heart, so it’s not something only human. Scrolling through all the verses there are references to the heart being thoughts (mind), will, emotions, AND connecting to God. I think I agree with the statement that the heart is a mysterious blend of the soul and spirit. We do have control over it, too, which is very empowering.

That was a long, research-y detour to learn more about the heart…

A~ This verse today reminds me that my heart is very important to God. It is not enough to just try to control my words or actions. I need to go a layer deeper and think the right thoughts, make the right choices, and continually maintain my connection to the Holy Spirit to guide me.

P~ Lord, help me to do this well! Help me to remain “spiritual and heavenly rather than soulish and earthy”. Help me to not be like the Pharisees who focused on outward behavior, but to tend to and guard my heart so my life glorifies You, and I live with joy and peace. I love You!

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