Contrasting the Head and Heart
Understanding the Importance of Our Hearts
This teaching on contrasting the head and heart is a practical application that companions the lessons set forth in "Matters of the Heart," our free eCourse for spiritual growth and emotional transformation.
All scripture citations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
Why the Heart Matters
Is your head too big, your heart too small? Enlightenment culture and the pride of man have over-emphasized the mind. 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. In your head you may know that Jesus is Lord, but who reigns in your heart: Satan, self, or Jesus?
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts... Mark 7:21
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
It's not either or: We are contrasting the head and heart in order to highlight their differences, not to choose sides. Consider these differing qualities and operations: what the head does is vital and necessary; what the heart can do is sublime!
|Knowledge, facts||Wisdom, understanding|
|Physical sight||Spiritual insight|
|Thinks by logic||Reasons by feelings|
|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|
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