A well-kept heart

I’ve been reading Renovation of the Heart In Daily Practice (Dallas Willard). Today he talked about The Heart of Me.

He said that there are six basic aspects to a person:

  • Thoughts (images, concepts, judgments. inferences)
  • Feelings (sensations, emotions)
  • Choice (will, decisions, character)
  • Body (actions, interaction with the physical world)
  • Social context (personal and structural relations to others)
  • Soul (the factor the integrates all of the above to form one life)

“Each aspect or dimension of the person will be a source of weakness or strenth to the whole person, depending on the condition it is in. The condition it is in will depend on the heart. A person who is prepared and capable of responding to the situations of life in ways that are good and right is a person whose soul is in order, under the direction of a well-kept heart, in turn under the direction of God.”

What is a well-kept heart? My thoughts, my feelings, my choices, my body, my relationships and my soul depend on my heart. If my weakness or strength depends on it – how do I keep it well?

Know His word so well that I am not confused – I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11)

Spend time talking to Him and keeping my bearings – My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. (Psalm 27:8)

Wait for Him – Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9)

Continue in what I know – Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:2-3)

And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)

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