Our Verse of the Day for Sunday, March 29, 2015 is 1 Samuel 16:7
"For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
One of the helpful principles in understanding biblical truth is what might be called the "law of first mention." Study its first uses in scripture. There are three clues in the early chapters of Genesis that reveal what God's Word really means when it refers to the heart...
THE HEART IS OUR INTELLECT - "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen. 6:5) The heart is our intellect, the thinking part of our being. (1st occurrence of the word heart)
THE HEART IS OUR EMOTIONS - "[The Lord] was grieved in His heart." (Gen. 6:6) (2nd occurrence, compassion, grief, sorrow and happiness are all emotions that emanate from the heart)
THE HEART IS OUR VOLITION - "Then the Lord said in His heart, 'I will." (Gen. 8:21) (3rd occurrence, referring to the essence of our own will our volition, changing our mind, as did the prodigal son when he returned home to his father)
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