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Heart as one’s conscience

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I am of Christian faith. I studied the King James Bible as a child growing into a young adult, reading this book from cover to cover. Although during this time of my life, I feel I was much more of a person who fully accepted the word of others. I didn’t question much because I really hadn’t gained much experience or knowledge to know any better. Today, as I’ve matured into an adult, I realize the vastness of profound insight found in the Bible and I am also aware of the many interpretations of such insight, i.e. the various religions. I now read these passages with renewed eyes and I like my interpretation; it feels more spiritual and meaningful to me.

In those early teachings, I was told I basically had to live my life perfectly or else I would be cast into hell. As I think back, this was pretty scary stuff for an early elementary school child.

I now believe I praise a merciful God; a God who knows that to be human is to be flawed. I know that everything in life is not black and white and when I am challenged by thoughts of good or evil as long as I follow my heart, because I am inherently good, I know I am on the right path.

Considering the recent holiday, Valentine Day, I decided to do a little research on the heart and how it is represented in the Bible. In many ways, it seems like it is referenced reflective of one’s conscience. Throughout the pages of the Bible, the heart is described in many ways: pure, hardened, darkened, whole, blind, sound, divided, despiteful etc.

For example, Proverbs 14:30 states, “A sound heart the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

Spiritually speaking, although the mind is powerful in its thinking, without feelings of the heart to reinforce such thoughts, manifestation does not happen.

This may be God’s way of offsetting faulty human nature. Can you imagine if every bad thought you had actually materialized? It would be a pretty scary world, wouldn’t it? We may not think with the heart but I believe feelings can ultimately trump thinking. But, when these two realms are inline with each other, lookout world, good or bad, this process will manifest into an outcome.

I have offered many articles about the mind, body and spirit; these separate realms are also referenced in the Bible.

In Mattew 22:37 in the King James Bible it says, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

The message here is to realize you are the creator of your thoughts, your feelings and your emotions. When you understand this and how each works individually and together, you are empowered to improve your life. Ultimately, your belief in a higher power is the force that energizes all of this.

Denny Smith posted this insight about the biblical heart, “It is time to ask the question upon which all of our fortunes depend. Upon what treasure has my heart set itself upon? ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ (Matt. 6:21 NKJV) It is really all up to us for, ‘The preparations of the heart belong to man.’ (Prov. 16:1 NKJV) God has empowered us and now it is up to us what we will do with that power. We can prepare our heart if we are willing to do so.“

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