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God looks at our heart and intent in everything that we do. Our heart tells God about our inner feelings".
Did you do something for a person because that person needed help? Or did you help the person to further one of your own needs, and yet take credit for helping the person out of the goodness of your heart?
Throughout the Bible, God tells us that the heart is very important. On the outside we may look like a good person, but if we take some thoughts into our minds and dwell on them, then we are as guilty as if we had actually performed the act we should have avoided. In effect, we are held accountable by God for that part of our lives which may be invisible, or hidden, to others.
Are we backtalking to others, not verbally or even with telltale body language, but inside as we look so obedient and open to someone's insight or possible chastisement, such as from an officer of the law?
There is so much that God says about the heart, our inner drive. Research it in the Bible and don't focus on only the verse or two that has the word "heart" in it, but read the surrounding verses and possibly even the whole chapter so that the full flavor and context of what is being said may be more fully understood.
Matthew 5:8 (KJV) - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Matthew 5:28 (KJV) - "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Matthew 6:21 (KJV) - "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Matthew 12:35 (KJV) - "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
Matthew 15:8 (KJV) - "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."
Mark 11:23 (KJV) - "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."
Mark 12:33 (KJV) -
Luke 2:35 (KJV) - "(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
Acts 1:24 (KJV) - "And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,"
Acts 13:22 (KJV) - "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will."
Acts 15:8 (KJV) - "And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;"
Romans 8:27 (KJV) - "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
Romans 10:8-10 (KJV) -
1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) - "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV) - "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God."
1 Corinthians 14:25 (KJV) - "And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth."
2 Corinthians 3:3 (KJV) - "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
Ephesians 6:6 (KJV) - "Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;"
Colossians 3: (KJV) -
Colossians 3:23 (KJV) - "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV) - "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV) - "And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ."
1 Timothy 1:5 (KJV) - "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Hebrews 3:12 (KJV)
Hebrews 3:15 (KJV) - "While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) - "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) - "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"
James 1:26 (KJV) - "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain."
1 Peter 3:4 (KJV) - "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"
1 John 3:19 (KJV) -
The Bible is filled with many verses telling us about our heart and how we should use it. Our heart helps dictate what we are going to do each day and how we are going to approach it. And no matter how we use it or how we think that nobody will ever know, God knows our hearts.
The best way to found all the places that the word heart appears in the Bible is to use some of the many references for Bible study which are available on the internet.
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