The word HEART has multiple meanings:
GRETA’S VALENTINE-SHAPED HEART pounded as Hans neared the group of girls. Would he pick one of the others . . . or come to her?
Genesis 34:3—His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.
He dropped to his knees, shoulders heaving over the Dear Claude letter clutched in his hands. The broken shards of his heart hung in the air like some obscene halo.
Psalm 147:3—He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Grover clutched his chest, gasping for breath, sweat pouring onto the neck of his new Henley shirt.
1 King 8:28—. . . being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts . . .
As she rose from the waters of baptism, Celantha’s heart swelled to the bursting point. YES! God had flipped a switch. Now she could see, feel, hear, and sense the eternal in ways she never anticipated!
Deuteronomy 6:5—Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Hubert looked at his weeping child and thundered, “NO! You may NOT go to church! Total waste of time!”
Exodus 8:32—Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.
Malik studied his options. He could stay in college, get a boring, fruitless job in the stupid industrial complex and die a stupid death. Or he could join Isis and die a glorious death, taking out zillions of people in the process. An easy choice.
Genesis 6:5—The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
What does the word heart mean to you? What IS the heart of the matter?
Exodus 34:5, 6–Then the Lord came down in the cloud and . . . passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
In matters of the heart, can Valentine’s Day hold a candle to what God has done?
Where does Valentine’s Day rank in your yearly celebrations? Did you have a special childhood valentine? How fond are you of the color red?
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