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Many scriptures in the Bible show us the importance of the heart. God testified concerning David, saying, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). That should be the desire of our hearts: to chase after God’s heart and to do His will.

When we read that we should “love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart” (Matthew 22:37), ‘heart’ doesn’t refer to our feelings or emotions, because feelings are fleeting, and emotions change. But to love God with all our heart is a conscious commitment toward Him. 

Eyes see, ears hear, and the heart understands. However, our thinking is futile if our hearts are darkened (Romans 1:21). Sin causes separation from God and fills our hearts with a lack of understanding. If our hearts misunderstand God, then what we see doesn’t matter, because we’ll wrongly interpret what we see. The only way to understand God is to be with Him; to hide His Word in our hearts to guard us against sin (Psalm 119:11). 

The light of God changes our hearts (2 Corinthian 4:6); then what is in our hearts is reflected in our speech (Matthew 12:34), and this changes our lives. Ultimately, the state of our hearts influence everything we do (Proverbs 4:23). Our hearts must be in right standing with God. We must want to know what God wants; we must be a people after God’s own heart.   

This blog comes from the sermon titled “After His Heart” by David Grobler