The Heart Has a Mind
Of Its Own
Kay Frances Graves
Part 1: The Heart of Man and the Heart of God
The information sent from the heart to the brain can have a profound effect on the various functions of the brain, including its concept of God. Exactly how the heart influences our spiritual life and connection with God, however, remains a mystery to modern science.
Nevertheless, the Word of God has proclaimed from the beginning that the heart was designed by our Creator to have a mind of its own.
The Heart of Man and the Heart of God
And God saw
that the wickedness of man
was great in the earth,
and that every imagination
of the thoughts
of his heart
was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD
that he had made man on the earth,
and it grieved him
at his heart.
First of all, God is confirming in this passage that we are made in His image. Just as God has a heart, man also has a heart. Throughout the Bible, God instructs us concerning the differences and similarities of our heart and His.
We also learn in this first passage that it is possible for the heart of man to engage in thoughts and that these thoughts originate in our heart. This passage reveals that during the time of Noah, hearts had become so corrupt; mankind had reached the point of no return. Everyone on the face of the earth actually became incapable of thinking anything good at all—everyone, that is, except Noah and his family.
God has a pure and holy heart filled with perfect love. When His creation becomes corrupt and His intention for mankind is spoiled, God grieves in His heart. Grieving suggests mourning a loss, which is very fitting in these verses.
God deserved to have men glorify Him with the lives they lived. He created them to love Him and enjoy Him forever. God did not design humans to be robots and He was not going to force His creation to love Him. He wanted to experience receiving their love and allowing them to be blessed through their experience of loving Him.
Though men were made in the image of God, they did not desire to walk in the likeness of God. Instead, His created beings trampled the gift of their Maker, chose to go their own way, and rejected the image they were created to bear.
Man was so wonderfully and lovingly fabricated by the hand of God. Man had so much potential. What a waste! What rejection of God and the blessings He had desired to bestow upon His people!
The world says that such people are incurable, but all things are possible with God. If you know of someone like this, do not be caught in their trap by your good intentions. Nevertheless, pray for them, but at the same time guard your heart with all diligence when dealing with them.
If you should recognize somehow, by the grace of God, that you are a person who is having difficulty empathizing with others, pray for God to help you and to save you from yourself and your own path of eternal destruction. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you trust Him with your life and pray that He will give you a new heart.
Without the heart’s capacity to feel and to identify with God’s thoughts and feelings, it is impossible to have the type of belief in God that will result in eternal life. We must realize that we love Him because He first loved us and that He had, and still has, a wonderful plan for our lives.
There isn't anything we can do to earn this relationship with Him. The love we have for Him, isn't really even a choice we make, it is a response our heart makes because our heart somehow understands what He has done for us. Even this ability to understand and respond is a gift from God and is totally a result of His grace working in us.
To receive this free gift
of eternal life,
scroll to the top of this page,
click on the gift
wrapped in gold on the left,
follow the instructions
with a sincere heart
. . .Be ready. . .
. . .Jesus is coming soon. . .
. . .and very soon ! . . .