I discovered this morning I could send Scripture straight from the ESV search site to my blog… below are select texts from the search: heart and mind…
This morning I heard from the Lord in a fresh way that there should be no disconnect in them (the heart and mind). He created us as beings with emotion and reason. We should not seek therefore to elevate one over the other. He gifts us differently but we are all one. He who may look more toward the emotion should not look askance at she who he terms a “brain-iac” nor should she who is more inclined toward reason look down her nose at he who meets God in emotion. Indeed we have both and I do not believe that this compartmentalization of these is biblical, in fact I would posit that this “division” is a result of the fall. Scripture is replete with texts that call us to understand the amazing gifts of God the Holy Spirit. Consider the gift of knowledge given to Daniel and the boys in Babylon because of their faithfulness to God and HIS wish to show himself as God to the Jews in exile as well as to their Babylonian keepers. But I know too the deep sorrow that I have felt as the Spirit convicts me of my sin… the great loss that I have felt at the loss of a child, and the great comfort that enveloped me as the Word of God was real to my mind and my heart was filled with joy… mind or heart? NO! We are the image bearers of God and should never ever seek one over the other, we should glorify God in brothers and sisters who are gifted by the Spirit in these wonderful attributes we all share. God wants no compartmentalization of the individual or of the church… we are one. When will we embrace one another as one? When will we realize the wonderful potential that exists within us and release our selves truly to HIM who wishes to bring joy to us and, in that GLORY unto HIMSELF.
Let us love HIM with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength.
ESV Bible Online: Passage: 1 Peter 3:8: “1 Peter 3:8 <> Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake 8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”