Christians serve the God of love. What a gracious reality that is. Our God cares so deeply about the state and posture of our heart. What all does the Bible say about our hearts? Let’s look at some Scripture to see some of what it has to say.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
He said, ‘Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.’
And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
‘I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.’
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
‘Yet even now,’ declares the Lord,
‘return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.
And rend your hearts and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.’
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
And he said to them, ‘Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?’ (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
1 Peter 3:3–4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
by Jessica Thompson
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