Heart

April 18, 2017

“…I begin my day with prayer and some beneficial reading, opening my heart to the divine energies of the Holy Spirit. This is a sort of re-charging of my heart in the morning, which helps it stay on course.” (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“The heart, the seat of a person’s will and emotions, is the place where spiritual renewal begins. There God plants love and patience, traits that will produce a harvest of good works.” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:5)

 

“Christ actually resides or makes His home in the believer’s heart…Rightness of heart is what a true noetic understanding and sobriety (nepsis) of spirit are about.” (Foundation Study Bible, Ephesians 3:17, Father Stephen Freeman)

 

“If man gives God his heart, God will grant him his heart’s desires—as long as they will not be harmful to him. Only a heart given to Christ is not wasted, and only in Christ does one find—in abundance—the gift of divine love in this life, and heavenly exaltation in the next life." (Elder Paisios the Athonite)

 

“The purer the heart becomes, the larger it becomes…purity of heart is the goal of every Christian….It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to." (Saint John of Kronstadt, OCPM 12/10/2015, C. S. Lewis)

 

“Christ said, ‘A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks’ (Luke 6:45). He also said ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be’ (Luke 12:34). Honestly assessing what we treasure is a good exercise. What we treasure most speaks to the state of our hearts. It also dictates our thoughts and actions” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“God created us with a need to be fed and filled, yet our desires seemingly go unmet. In striving to find fulfillment, our longings may swing wildly out of balance into realms of addiction. Left unchecked, our misplaced contentment crashes into our empty lives as we attempt to fill up on “treasures” that devastate not only our pocketbooks but also our souls." (Marsha Crockett)

 

 “What people consider valuable is where their energy will be spent. Knowing God and investing in His purposes should be the treasure we seek…In order to know God, we must often think of Him; and when we come to love Him, we shall also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure!”  (Foundation Study Bible, Luke 12:34, Brother Lawrence)

 “Nor does it matter how much wealth, status, or influence we garner, if our own heart is not set on God. These earthly treasures will not provide us with satisfaction (Proverbs 10:2). The righteous man, by laboring to keep his relationship with God central, delivers his soul from spiritual death and joyfully accepts whatever God allows to come into his life.” (Dynamis

3/12/2015)

 

 “God’s ultimate treasure – the life in Christ – is available to people from all walks of life...” (Dynamis 7/18/2014)

 

“There is an old saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” I like to think of God as being that teacher, but using books, tapes, speakers, or other incidents to be his messengers. Mentoring often comes in the form of truth being shared at just the right time. If we discipline ourselves to have “eyes that see and ears that hear” and to look up with expectant eyes, we will find God at work in many different ways throughout our lives." (Betty Southard)

 

 “If they [God’s commandments] are spoken from our hearts, then they will most certainly communicate to children in a manner that will make a difference, heart to heart. This is the only way God’s commands can be conveyed with pure and lasting result. Only words from the heart ever enter a heart to become established. If not from the heart, then our talk of God’s commandments when sitting in our homes or when we “walk by the way” will be head talk and our children will likely not embrace the words of life.” (Dynamis 6/20/13)

 

 “Our eyes will only see what our hearts will allow.” (Fr Stephen Freeman)

 

“Some people are so busy expressing their own opinion that God’s voice can’t be heard over their own." (Steve Campbell)

 

 “Are you listening for God? Step back from the noise and activity of your busy life and listen humbly and quietly for His guidance. It may come when you least expect it.” (Life Application Study Bible – 1 Kings 19:11-13)

 

“God—Our Creator knows His human creatures intimately, and He is able to discern our thoughts and purposes before we ourselves are aware of them. He always looks beyond appearance and stature to the heart.” (Foundation Study Bible, 1 Samuel 16:7)

 

“God, after all, discerns what is in our hearts, even if we fool some people with our outward behavior (Heb 4:12). Genuine Christianity is a matter of the heart – having a heartfelt desire to please God – even if we do not always do a great job of walking “according to the new creation” (Gal 6:15) so that “peace and mercy [is] upon [us]” (vs. 16).” (OCPM 11/1/2015)

 

“God's judgment will not be merely of outward appearances, but will penetrate much deeper into the heart of man: He sees the heart and mind of every person, and He will judge not only our deeds, but even our words and thoughts.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Kingdoms 16:7) “God judges by faith and character, not appearances. And because only God can see on the inside, only He can accurately judge people.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Samuel 16:7)

 

"God is interested in hearts because that’s where real and lasting change takes place."'(Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller)

 

 “If there is a true normal, it is deeply spiritual. It moves between transcendent good and a frightful evil. And the movement is not between people or classes or political persuasions, but within each human heart. We should not ignore what is going on around us. However, when we ignore the inner life of the heart, we remain unhealed and in the darkness.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

 

“Christ address[es] our lack of faith, mindfulness, and good spiritual practice. He corrects us by setting aside our obsession with material concerns and speaking to our deep, underlying problem: our lack of trust in Him...He recalls us to our right minds as members and partakers of Him...He provides Himself as the Truth we must embrace if the Holy Spirit is to illumine our hearts…” (Dynamis 7/29/2014)

 

“Our greatest problems have spiritual roots: we disdain to lift our hands to God, worshipping and opening our hearts to His grace, which alone makes our works wholesome and worthy. Human methods alone will never solve our problems apart from a meek spirit and a pure heart (Mt 5: 5, 8).” (OCPM 7/25/2016) 

 

“Hearts can become so hard that even the most convincing facts and demonstrations will not change them.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 8:11)

 

“Today hard hearts believe” (1) poverty is always caused by laziness; helping the poor only enables them; (2) that worship is best conducted in one way – our way…(3) that evangelism doesn’t apply; people will never change anyway, so we don’t need to do it…Don’t be a hard heart. Be open to Christ’s truth. Let Him soften you heart. (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 8:17,18)

 

“A hardened heart is useless as a hardened lump of clay or a hardened loaf of bread….When people become so stubbornly set in their ways, they find it impossible to turn to God. This does not happen all at once; it is the result of a series of choices…We are warned not to harden our hearts, but to reject the glamor of sin or anything else that would lead us away from God. (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 95:8,11)

 

“Christ said that the kingdom of heaven is within us, indicating that the Divinity dwells in our hearts. When God dwells in our hearts, He teaches and writes His doctrines and His law in our hearts and minds; for supremely, the heart is the site where God’s commandments are written.” (Metropolitan Hierotheos)

 

“Do whatever you soul desires according to God, and guard your heart.” (Monk Lev Gillet)

 

“It may be possible to appear to have the grace of Christ in one’s spirit while only making"a good showing”; but God instantly discerns what is behind our appearances…The truth is that it comes down to where we invest our hearts, to what we make top priority day-in-and-day-out, to what really counts for us in our hearts.” (Dynamis 11/5/2012)

 

“God, after all, discerns what is in our hearts, even if we"fake it” with some people by our outward behavior…Genuine Christianity is a matter of the heart, at least of having a heartfelt desire to please God, even if we do not do a great job of [it]” (Dynamis 11/5/2012)

 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 8:21)

 

“It is easy to place more emphasis on human effort than on internal faith, but God values the attitude of our heart above all else. Don’t judge people’s