Digging Deeper into Lesson 8
Beholding the True Image: Head to Heart Guide
Contrasting the head and heart. Enlightenment culture and the pride of man have over-emphasized the place of the mind. Following the lead of European post Renaissance culture, Western Christianity became overly rational and has tended to boil the Christian life down into maxims, rules, pious platitudes and dry doctrines. As important as rational truth is (we are depending upon it in this teaching), we were never meant to seek it alone and neglect the heart's imaginative capacity of beholding images.
The mind is a gateway - all thoughts have to pass through it - but the heart is the seat of power and controls the deep issues of life as well as our deepest, most cherished beliefs about God, ourselves and the world we live in. Our mind may hold very correct theology, but our heart can still think and react like a two year old! Who reigns in your heart - Satan, Self, or Jesus?
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts. Mark 7:21 ESV
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 WEB
Comparing the head (intellect/brain) and heart. What the head can do is good, but just look how much further the heart can take us into Life! Then pray for grace.
Knowledge, facts Wisdom, understanding
Physical sight Spiritual insight
Thinks by logic Reasons by feelings (deeply held beliefs)
Holds consciousness Held by conscience
Ego resides Jesus resides
Center of the mind Center of the spirit
Makes identifications Holds identity
Holds ideas of God Beholds the Image of God
Stores memories Treasures remembrances
Hears the words of others Listens to the hearts of others
Sees, plans, decides Dreams, envisions, determines
Lord, don't let my walk with You become a head trip. Lead me into paths with a heart!
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