Heart vs. Mind

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“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”  (Romans 10:10)

The world, more often than not, places more trust and importance on the mind, believing that the mind is more powerful in achieving great things. But for the Christian, it is the heart that must drive us. Salvation is often referred to as a change of heart when someone repents, turns from their past, and follows Jesus. It is the heart that is regenerated at the point of salvation and springs forth in the life of the Christian.

“When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,” (Acts 11:23)

In Acts, Luke uses the heart to encourage new believers. The bowels were considered the seat of the emotions while the heart is the seat of the will. And because he has personally experienced that upon salvation, believers surrender the will to Jesus, Luke knows that this is what will drive Christians to spiritually mature.

Why the heart? We may believe this or not, but the mind is actually more fickle than the heart. Recall a time when you had to make a decision. How many times did you go back and forth before finally deciding? Now, recall the time you fell in love. I sure hope that it was not a question of who you will love or whether you will love or not. The heart, or will, is the source that drives the direction of our lives.

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  (James 1:6-8)

We hear of the phrases double-minded (or of two minds) but very seldom double-hearted or willed. If a person’s faith – the foundation of his or her principles – is certain and firm, making decisions would not be as difficult as compared to one whose fundamental belief is planted on an unstable rock. Today, let your mind be renewed by these words of truth and let your heart be transformed in belief; this newness will make your will in line and in accordance to God’s will, from His mind and His heart.

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