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“Do not let your hearts be troubled…..” A Slice of Daly bread from 2008

Some time ago I Watched a program about some people who had received heart transplants. Many found that they started to like and do things that before the transplants were alien and even abhorrent to them. It seemed the heart from the donor held certain memories / feelings and these were transferred to the recipient. About ten percent of heart transplant patients speak of these additional memories/thoughts. Scientists know that the heart has thousands of neurons, similar to the brain and that the electro cardiac impulses from the heart are far stronger than electro encephalic impulses of the brain. Studies show that the heart is always the first to respond to different stimuli or stress. The heart first sends messages to the brain and then the brain responds and sends messages to the organs and rest of the body.

Whilst I watched this program I was reminded of how the scriptures speak of the heart far more than it does of the mind or brain.

The heart is spoken of as being “deceitful” (Jeremiah 17.9) which is odd, as we usually think of deceit in relation to our thoughts and schemes to mislead, “who can understand it?”(Jer.17.1b). There seems to be a depth to the heart that our mind (brain) does not have. God says He knows “the thoughts of man” (Psalm 94.11) but when it comes to our hearts they are often seen as being far away from God; they can be as hard as stone. David cries out to the Lord, “Search me O God and know my heart”, this type of knowing, cries out for intimacy. (Psalm 139.23)  God sent the Spirit of His son… into our minds”…WRONG!  “into our hearts.” (Galatians 4.6) and through Him we have an intimacy which allows us to cry out “Abba, Father.”

We worry as we get older that our ‘little grey cells’ are slowing down, and we fear the possibility of dementia. Will we remember our loved ones let alone the time of day? What can we do!

I believe that God speaks more to my heart than my mind. My heart is either receptive or closed. Hard(end) or malleable.  Scripture always speaks to the heart. If we attempt to understand the bible with our minds we will have an intellectual knowledge which puffs up. If we listen with our hearts to the scriptures, we will (by the Spirit who dwells there) allow the Morning Star to arise and Love will build us up. (2 Peter.1.19) (1 Corinthians 8.1/2)  Christ may then dwell in our hearts, so that we with all the saints may grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” (Eph. 3. 17-19)

“Do not let your……hearts be troubled ….”(John 14.1), these words of Jesus call us to listen to Him, to trust in Him, as He speaks to our hearts.

The next slice (or two) of Daly bread will look at how and why listening is essential to healthy hearts.

Michael Daly. C.J.

2008

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August 17, 2012 - Posted by | Thoughts | , , , ,

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