- “Perception is reality”
- “Appearances can be deceiving”
- “My brain has a mind of it’s own”
- “There are two sides to every story”
- “Life is not always as it appears to be”
We’ve all known people who are good hearted, warm hearted, faint heated, or light hearted.
We’ve also known people who are bad natured, mean spirited, or strong minded.
But what do those words “hearted,” “natured,” “spirited” and “minded” mean?
If you approach this question from the world of surgery you’ll think in terms of atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, and congestive heart failure.
If you approach this question from the world of biology you’ll likely think in terms of genes, synapses, and brain function.
If you approach this question from the world of psychology you’ll likely think in terms of personality traits, family systems and family of origin, or mental faculties.
But if you approach this question from a religious frame of reference as I do, you’ll think in terms of the New Testament Greek words, psyche (from which we get the word psychology), pneuma (from which we get the word spirit), kardia (from which we get the word cardiac, IE, heart), and nous (from which we get the word intellect).
Those unfamiliar with the Bible may be astonished to learn how much it has to say about matters of psychology, life, mind, and the heart. It’s hard to overstate the importance of understanding the “heart” because, if what the Bible says is true, it’s the source of all our issues, concerns, words, personality traits, ways of relating, attaching, and resolving conflict. The quality of our heart determines how we approach school, marriage, and business. It’s also the source of our emotions, decisions, and character.
Here’s a quickie list of the types of hearts a person can cultivate. Some are positive, some are negative, but all are crucial to how we navigate life.
Problematic Heart Conditions
More positive heart attitudes
A Clean Heart vs. A Wicked Heart
A Pure Heart vs. A Double Heart
A Seeking Heart vs. A Resistant Heart
Wise and Understanding Heart vs. A Foolish Heart
A Broken Heart vs. A Hard Heart
A Tender Heart vs. A Bitter Heart
A Meek Heart vs. A Proud Heart
A Redeemed Heart vs. A Deceitful Heart
A Large Heart vs. A Lean Heart
A Faithful Heart vs. An Unbelieving Heart
A Perfect Heart vs. A Betraying Heart
A Sound and Upright Heart vs. A Deceived Heart
A Cheerful Heart vs. A Discouraged Heart
A Trusting Heart vs. A Suspicious Heart
A Peaceful Heart vs. an Anxious Heart
A Righteous Heart vs. an Unrighteous Heart
A Pure Heart vs. a Heart of Guile
So, in addition to watching our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and eating heart healthy foods, let’s do an occasional inventory on heart attitudes.