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The Heart of Love

Dr. Alex Tang


1.                  Defining the Heart of Love

OT  lebab  bb;le


NT  kardia  kardiva


(a)   kardia as the center of physical life and psychological make up.

q       NT kardia rarely as body organ ( Lk 21:34; Acts 14:17; Jas 5:5)

q       Frequently denotes the seat of intellectual and spiritual life

q       inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding

q       The inner life as opposed to external appearances. (2 Cor 5;12; 1 Thess 2:17)

(b)  kardia as the center of spiritual life.

q       kardia; man standing before God.

q       The heart is that in man which is addressed by God.

q       The heart is the seat of doubt and hardness as well as of faith and obedience.

2.                  Sin marks, dominates and spoils the Heart

q                  The heart enslaved by sin, the whole man is in bondage

q                  Evil thoughts come from the heart (Mk 7:21; Matt 15:19)

q                  Shameful desires dwell in the heart (Rom 1:24)

q                  The heart is disobedient and impenitent (Rom 2:5; 2 Cor 3:14ff)

q                  Hard and faithless (Heb 3:12)

q                  Dull and darkened (Rom 1:21; Eph 4:18)


3.                  God alone can reveal the things hidden in the heart of man (1Cor 4:5), examine them (Rom 8:27) and test them (1 Thess 2:4)

q       Conversion to faith cannot be achieved through the will or desire of the human heart (1 Cor 2:9)

q       God opens a manís heart (Acts 16:14) and let His light illumine the heart (2 Cor 1:22)

q       God bears witness by sending in the heart the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 1:22)

q       God pours His love into his heart (Rom 5:5)

q       Through faith God can take up residence in the heart (Eph 3:17)



4.                  Faith in the Heart leads to obedience and patience (Rom 6:17; 2 Thess 3:5)

q       In the heart, the word of God is kept (Lk 8:15)

q       Peace of God begins its rule (Col 3:15)

q       Godís grace strengthened and establishes the heart (Heb 13:9)

q       Blood of God cleanses it Ė the heart is pure (Heb 10:22; cf 1 Jn 1:7)

q       Christ dwells in it by faith (Eph 3:17).



The human heart (an organ) lasts for the years we have on earth but the heart of love lasts for eternity.



Colin Brown, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Vol 2.  Pp. 180-184)





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