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With all your heart

Man praying in front of cross at sunset

Trust in the Lord with all your heart… (Proverbs 3:5)

In order to understand and obey this instruction, let’s see what the Bible says about the heart. There are many Scriptures that talk about the heart and its role in your life.

The Bible shows the heart to be the focal point of your spiritual life. It includes the mind, where you think, reason, and make decisions. It is where the will resides, where you choose to be determined or faithful. It is where you search for truth and an understanding of who you are and your place in the world.

The heart is where you think about God and His place in your life. Is He first? Is He Lord? Will you obey Him? Will you love Him? It’s where you wonder if He is present, if He cares, or if He even exists.

The heart is where you keep your treasures, the things you value the most. As Mary experienced the wonders associated with the miraculous birth of her Son, we are told that she “kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) Jesus said to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20,21)

Peter taught that the heart is the hidden place where true beauty resides. “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3,4)

On the other hand, the heart can also be the source of evil in your life: “And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:20-23)

The Bible also teaches that Satan has access to your heart. John writes that the devil placed it in Judas’ heart to betray Jesus (John 13:2). Luke records that Satan filled the heart of Ananias to lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3).

So, the Bible shows that the heart can be both a wonderful and terrible place. If you intend to walk God’s path for your life, you must come to know your own heart. With God’s help you will have to tame it, master it, and bend it to the will and love of the Father. For this reason the Bible says “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Your understanding of your heart becomes critical to your ability to trust God and allow Him to direct your path. So what must you do?

  • Begin by trusting Him with more of your time and spend that time with Him. In this way you begin to learn more about your Father’s heart.
  • Monitor your own thoughts closely, as they reflect what is going on in your heart.
  • Pay attention to your emotions. They reveal what your heart “thinks” about what is going on around you.

Your goal becomes a heart that is completely focused on God. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

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