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Actions of the Heart

We are still looking at the question: What’s in your heart? Today we consider the actions of our heart.

When Jesus walked the earth He was very much concerned with the content of the heart, above mere verbal expressions and physical actions. He rebuked the religious folks for their outward piety and religious rhetoric, while having HEARTS that remained far from God.

In answering the question of the greatest Commandment, Jesus pointed to the position of the heart. The first and greatest Commandment, He said, is to, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (See Matthew 22:36-40). Further, when addressing moral issues, adultery for example, Jesus’ responses clearly outlined His perspective on the actions of the heart. “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.

You see, it is extremely important for us to understand that while man would look at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. It is for this reason that the Psalmist David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

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