In a biblical sense our heart is our inner person including our mind, will, emotion, character, conscience, and courage. It is the seat of our emotions and passions. It is the core of who we are.
Throughout scripture we see discerning hearts, foolish hearts, peaceful hearts, and hard hearts which beat in the chests of discerning, foolish, peaceful, and hard people. Proverbs 4:23 refers to our heart as “the wellspring of life.” Our life flows out of the condition of our heart. I’m beginning to think everyone lives out of their heart at some level. Our choices, words, and attitudes reveal our heart. Our lives and lifestyles are the fruit produced from our heart.
God gives us the freedom to live whatever existence we choose. He lets us fix on any focal point and march to whichever drumbeat we like.
However, there is a place in the Old Testament where God is revealing his desires through a prophet named Ezekiel. He says to His people, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
The offer and invitation is to live out of a heart like His. A heart that chooses integrity over dishonesty, loyalty over betrayal, love rather than hate, forgiveness rather than revenge, and passion instead of apathy.