The Bible defines the heart as the thoughts and feelings of a person, the mind or middle of a person, the part of our being that is connected to God and is also connected to everything in the world. Simply put it is the seat of our emotional makeup, the part of us the holds everything about our life in it.
No pretense with God
God created the heart as the part of our being that our emotions, desires and secrets dwell in. So, while man can only see the outward appearance God looks beyond every outward thing and sees directly into the heart.
Understanding your heart
With the heart we love, we hate, we covet, we crave, for forgive, we remember and we forget. Salvation happens by faith in our hearts. Disbelief and unforgiveness also happen in our hearts. Everything that happens to you good or bad is stored in your heart. Every emotion good or bad is felt your heart. Is up to you to release the bad and hold on to the good. The heart is meant to be connected to God in worshiping and adoration but it can also be connected to Hades. The Bible clarifies this: “The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell,” James 3:6. And Jesus tells that, “Those things which proceed out of the mouth (tongue) come from the heart,” Matthew 15:18.
Guarding your heart
Proverbs warns us: “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 GWT
To guard you heart is to watch what goes into it. If only good goes in you won’t have to worry about bad coming out. But unfortunately there are some things you can’t control. If someone hurts you or makes you feel loved it will be felt in your heart. If you get angry or jealous you will know it in your heart. The only thing you can control is your reaction to things that happen to you. You get to decide what stays and what leaves your heart.
God’s intentions for your heart
God desires that you love Him with all you heart. That is not to say that you cannot love others. In fact He commands us to love others as He loves us. What it means is that He wants full access and rulership of every part of your heart.Whatever rules your heart rules your life. You either make God ruler of your hearts or you give rulership to someone or something else.
A pure heart
God longs to dwell in a pure heart. A pure heart is a clean heart, one in which the sinful nature is not allowed to rule and the offenses of life are not allowed to take root and grow. The way to keep your heart pure is through continual fellowship with the Spirit and the prayer of confession. John said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” John 1:9.
Beloved, every day things will happen in life and everyday your heart will make a record of what happened. At the same time memories of past hurts, shames, blames, and pains will also resurface but if you abide in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit He will continually cleanse your heart.