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Mike Padgett

The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. Think about it.

The physical heart is a vital organ in our body. We cannot live without our heart.

The heart is considered in our culture and many other cultures to be the center of all desire, hope, and emotions. It is the seat of personality and disposition. It is the place that generates and considers our moral nature. Compassion, love, affection and courage are pondered in the heart. The heart contains our innermost character, feelings and inclinations.

On Valentine’s Day we think about the heart. Not the physical blood pumping organ but the intellectual location of who we really are.

Valentine’s is when we concentrate on the love part of the heart. It is the day we have set aside to do what we should do every day, express love to the ones we care for.

How is your heart? Is your heart pure and transparent before your spouse and your God? Do you readily admit your short comings and difficulties to the ones you love? When was the last time you asked forgiveness?

The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. In all relationships, the heart is the issue.

As we consider our “heart” today what would you say about your own state of being right now? Is your heart right with your spouse? Are you holding grudges and bitterness against your spouse? Are you angry with God?

Note these exhortations and commentaries we have from the Bible concerning our “heart”:

Genesis 6:5, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Psalm 139:23–24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Proverbs 11:20, “Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight.”

Proverbs 15:13, “A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.”

Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

All of these verses give us something to ponder concerning the state of our heart. One I have not mentioned yet is Jeremiah 17:9, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”

The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. How is your heart today?

Do you know your own wickedness? Are you aware of your own sin?

The first step to real “love” on this Valentine’s Day is for us all is to turn from our sin and turn to God. God sent His own Son to be the payment for our sin and to deliver us from sin’s control.

15.” (1 Peter 2:24)

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9–10)

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