Wednesday Word Study – Heart

 November 30, 2011



Transliteration: kardia
Phonetic Spelling:
Short Definition:
the heart, inner life, intention
Definition: lit: the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center.


Ephesians 1:17-18

17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,


On Monday I wrote about praying for others, and ourselves, to receive revelation knowledge.  I stressed that the importance of this was because we need true understanding in our heart.


In this world we are used to the natural world that we see and hear.  We are acutely aware of our physical bodies and our five physical senses. 

But we are a tripartite being.  We are a spirit-soul-body being as long as we are on this earth.  When we leave this earth we will leave behind our body as we know it and we will receive our new body, our heavenly body that will be what we need it to be in the spirit realm.


Now we place great importance on our physical bodies.  We want them looking good, pain free and able to accommodate our every need.  They truly are not what is important.  They are meant to service us and to provide an ‘earth suit’ if you will, for the time we live here on this earth.  Then when we leave, their job is done and back to the dust they will go.


What is truly important is our heart!  And not our physical heart.  I believe that our hearts are a mixture of our spirit and soul.  That is truly who we are and what will be with us for eternity.


The definition for heart is:


Definition: lit: the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center.

2588 kardíaheart; “the affective center of our being” and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, 354); “desire-producer that makes us tick” (G. Archer), i.e our “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are.


I am now 53 years old.  That is over half a century.  I’ve seen so much change in my life and honestly most of it is not good.


As a teen I had raging opinions about many things, but I knew to keep them to myself in the presence of my parents.  I treated them with respect even if I did not believe what they believed or agreed with what they were doing.


There were moral absolutes that even those who did not go to church or subscribe to any religion just knew and agreed with.  Understood morality was the tightly woven fiber of our society placed in our hearts by God.  But that understood morality is gone.  People’s hearts have grown resistant to the knowledge of God’s moral absolutes.


So through the years I have seen a steady decline in the hearts of people while a raging obsession over our physical bodies has emerged.


We tend to the care of our physical bodies with fervor while neglecting the true essence of our being – our heart.


This is not a post to condemn or criticize, but I want to paint a contrast here.  Fill in the blanks below…


Hours a week (and money) spent exercising, thinking about exercising, and planning exercising ___________

Hours a week (and money) spent worrying about, thinking about and planning the perfect meals ___________

Hours a week (and money) spent picking out and planning the perfect outfit to enhance our body ___________

Hours a week (and money) spent on hairdos and manicures and pedicures ___________


I could go on.  I could add perfumes, cosmetics, and even plastic surgery.  What about books we read and TV shows we watch all focused on our physical body.  This little exercise is meant to compare the time we spend on nurturing our physical bodies versus the time spent nurturing our hearts.  Not just time in a physical way but what about the time we spend thinking about it.  These things have grown to consume our minds when our minds should be “stayed on Him”.  Instead of meditating on our physical bodies I believe it would be much more beneficial for us to meditate on heart healthy thoughts.


My point is not to stop people from taking care of their physical bodies, but to encourage them to focus more on their heart and nurturing it.  Don’t get me wrong, I myself love all these things, but I have come to realize that I want my focus to be more on the things that truly matter in a spiritual sense.  But I believe if we focus on becoming heart healthy our physical bodies will benefit in a greater way as well.


When we teach our children we need to teach them to nurture their heart.  They need to see us nurturing our heart by reading the word, praying, having spiritual discussions, meditating on the Word, listing to spiritual songs, praising the Lord, etc.


We need to teach them moral absolutes, not as law but as a beneficial treatment of our hearts.  Not in the respect that “you keep this moral law or you will be punished”, but in the respect that you keep this moral law because it nurtures your heart and makes you heart healthy.


My honest belief is that if we begin to focus on nurturing our heart, our inner man, then we will treat our physical bodies better almost unconsciously because our healthy heart will produce that kind of behavior in us.  But it will produce it in a heart healthy way.  In a balanced way where we find ourselves doing what is needful for our bodies but not as an obsession or compulsion.  It says in the definition –  “desire-producer that makes us tick”.  So it makes sense that focusing on nurturing our heart will change our desires and will automatically produce desirable behaviour.


As for me, I want to be compelled toward the Son, Jesus.  I want my only obsession to be Him.


For I know that if I seek FIRST the kingdom of God then ALL else will follow…


No matter what your beliefs are, I want to thank you for visiting my Christian blog!

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Word Study – Heart

  1. Linda says:

    YES!! This is exactly the end result of a prayer I prayed 33 years ago–at 160 pounds I asked God to help me to lose weight after my first child was born. Several weeks after that prayer, I suddenly realized my eating habits and food desires had changed…I had not “decided” to eat differently–it just happened!! Then, I began to notice the weight loss–I remembered my prayer and thanked God for what He had done:). At 5′ 7″ and 120 pounds, a year later, I was a very happy person–mainly because I felt so much better! Thank you, Nancy, for bringing this to my remembrance–gonna go pray that prayer again, NOW! :).


    • Nancy says:

      Thanks Linda! God has been showing me it is so much about focus. What do we focus on? As we move closer to the Son the flesh (fleshly desires) just burns away. I want to get closer and closer every day. I know that all else will overtake me as I pursue Christ, with no ulterior motive. He is my divine joy!


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