- Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
- Psalm 19:14“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
- Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. (See also: Ephesians 1:18-21; 3:17)
The heart as a storage bin:
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45, NIV).
The heart as the control center:
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).
The eye as the gate to the heart:
The Bible emphasizes the eye as a primary source of temptation (Gen. 3:6;Josh. 7:20-21;II Sam. 11; Matt. 5:28; Eph. 1:18-21).
God’s interest in our hearts:
- Fear: Deuteronomy 5:29 “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always…”
- Love:Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
- Trust:Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”
- “For the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (I Chronicles 28:9).
- “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).
- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…” (Colossians 3:23).
- “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate,…” (Joel 2:13).
- “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (I Peter 3:15, cf. Eph. 3:17).