New Heart, New Spirit

The key to healing lies in the heart which, in essence, is the very core of our being.

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks(Matthew 12:34)

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19)

But, what exactly is the heart?

The Bible is not referring to the blood pump in the chest that we call the heart.

And, it’s not referring to our emotions – those are part of our soul (which is comprised of mindemotion and will)

The primary Scripture words for “heart” are the Hebrew H3824 לֵבָב lêbâb (lay-bawb’) and the Greek G2588 καρδία kardia (kar-dee’-ah)

Sometimes our English translations render these words as “soul” but that is clearly wrong because we find both words in the same verses, as shown below:

The words for “soul” are the Hebrew H5315 נֶפֶשׁ nephesh (neh’-fesh) and the Greek G5590 ψυχή psuchē (psoo-khay’)

There are 35 verses in the New King James translation that contain both “heart” and “soul”, some of which are shown below:

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? (Psalm 13:2)

My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2)

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul. (Acts 4:32)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Clearly, heart and soul are two distinct things. So, what is the heart?

Here are some quotes from Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

“The heart is the center not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life.”

The heart is also the seat of the conscience (Romans 2:15).

The process of salvation begins in the heart by the believing reception of the testimony of God, while the rejection of that testimony hardens the heart (Palm. 95:8; Proverbs 28:14; 2Chronicles 36:13)

Holman’s Bible Dictionary says: 

HEART: The center of the physical, mental, and spiritual life of humans… The heart became the focus for all the vital functions of the body; including both intellectual and spiritual life. The heart and the intellect are closely connected, the heart being the seat of intelligence… The heart is connected with thinking: “As a person “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs.23:7).

So, from this point forward, we will consider the heart to be the core of our being.

 Click on Page 2 below to see the characteristics of the heart.