Simon Alle asked:
Dear Sir,Greetings. This is Pastor Simon Alle from India. I have a Bible question on ‘Heart’ that is to be cleared to me for my edification. I hope the respond from you will satisfy me. Would you please forward me the answer? The question is: 1) What does the mean by the word ‘Heart’ in the Bible?2) Would you please define it?3) Is it not a part of our mind? You know, body, soul and spirit make a human being.4) Is the heart the centre of love?5) Is it not a physiological organ in our body?6) Why the Bible gives more importance to the heart of a man?I hope to hear from you soon.Yours in His serviceSimon AllePastor Simon All
Thank you, Pastor Alle, for your question. When the word “heart” is used in the Bible it has both a physiological meaning as well as a way to refer to aspects of the person itself. For example, I share with you the definition of “heart” found in Baker’s Biblical Dictionary of Theology:
In the Scriptures various aspects of human anatomy are used to define the whole person, but the most frequently used is heart. The heart is
the seat of emotion (Psalm 25:1; Prov 14:10; Isa 66:14; John 14:1; Rom 9:2),
intelligence (Prov 16:1; Luke 9:47),
morality (Psalm 58:2; Rom 1:24),
human choice (Deut 8:2; Luke 21:34; Acts 11:23), and
one's religious life (Deut 6:5; Jer 31:33; Rom 10:9-10; Gal 4:6).
The heart, in effect, is the whole person in all of his or her distinctive human activity as a thinking, planning, willing, feeling, worshiping, socially interacting being.
As you can see, when the Lord says, “My son, give me your heart,” the Lord is not referring to a man’s physical organ, but his very life.
I trust this will be helpful to you.
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