Jehovah`s Witness/Friendly Warning..Why Important!
Bro. D. Drake wrote at 2013-05-12 01:08:23
Hi Eddie G and Ms. T,
Its tough not to reach through the computer and give somebody the God club. ((Boing!!)
May 12, 2013 Watchtower is excellent study material. Plane and simple, are you whole hearted towards Jehovah? This is not an eye opening study, its a re-evaluation to your heart towards Jehovah. We all know the answer because Jehovah has the 411 on you constantly. This is the time to change. Not later, not next month, not during the Great Tribulation, but now!
We are talking about the figurative heart that is not confined to being the seat of affection and motivation, nor is it limited to the intellect. “Among the Semites . . . all that was peculiar to man, in the category of feelings as well as intellect and will, was attributed to the heart.” It is “the sum total of the interior man as opposed to the flesh, which is the exterior and tangible man.”—The Metaphorical Use of the Names of Parts of the Body in Hebrew and in Akkadian, by E. Dhorme, Paris, 1963, pp. 113, 114, 128 (in French).
Not mere outward appearances but what a person really is inside is what counts with God, who is an examiner of hearts. (Proverbs 17:3; 24:12; Psalm 17:3; 1Samuel 16:7)
So what is the Scriptures counsel? “More than all else that is to be guarded, safeguard your heart [the whole inner man], for out of it are the sources of life.” (Pr 4:23) And Christian wives are urged to give primary attention, not to external adornment, but to “the secret person of the heart in the incorruptible apparel of the quiet and mild spirit, which is of great value in the eyes of God.”—1Peter 3:3, 4.
In a number of cases in the Bible where the term “heart” occurs, it evidently focuses attention on the thinking faculties, but not in a sense that would isolate such faculties from the rest of what makes up the inner person. Moses urged the Israelites, “You must call back to your heart [“must recall to your mind,” ftn] that Jehovah is the true God.” And later he told them, “Jehovah has not given you a heart [“mind,” ftn] to know.” (Deuteronomy 4:39; 29:4)
Showing that at times the heart, as referred to in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Greek Scriptures, includes the intellect are instances where it is associated with “thinking” (Matthew 9:4), “reasoning” (Mark 2:6), “understanding” (1Kings 3:12; Mark 6:52), and “knowledge” (Proverb 15:14).
Motivation, the impelling force behind our conduct, is a further vital aspect of the inner person, as represented by the “heart.” Thus, those making contributions for the construction of the tabernacle “came, everyone whose heart impelled him.” (Exodus 35:21, 26, 29; 36:2) Wicked Haman “emboldened himself” (literally, filled him as to his heart) to scheme against the Jews. (Esther 7:5, Acts 5:3)
Hebrews 4:12 explains that God’s word of promise, like a sharp sword, is able to “discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Jesus, too, indicated that from the heart springs the motivating force behind our conduct, whether it is good or bad. (Matthew 15:19; Luke 6:45) With a view to our cultivating right motivations, the Bible warns us against allowing our dealings with others to be tainted by a desire for selfish gain (Jude 16) or permitting love of money, a craving for riches, to determine our course of life. (1Timothy 6:9, 10; Proverb 23:4, 5) Rather, it encourages us to cultivate genuine love for God as a basis for our service to him (1John 5:3; Deuteronomy 11:13) and self-sacrificing love as a guide in dealing with fellow believers (John 15:12, 13); it also encourages us to make a practice of loving others of our fellowmen as we do ourselves (Luke 10:27-37; Galatians 6:10). Obviously, the cultivating of such motivations involves use of the thinking faculties.—Psalm 119:2, 24, 111.
The condition of our figurative heart is reflected in our disposition, our attitude, whether proud or humble. (Proverb 16:5; Matthew 11:29) Our feelings and emotions are also part of that inner man. These include love (Deuteronomy 6:5; 1Peter 1:22), joy (Deuteronomy 28:47; John 16:22), pain and sorrow (Nehemias 2:2; Romans 9:2), hate (Leviticus 19:17).
Thus the heart can be “anxious” (Isaiah 35:4), “pierced” by affliction (Psalm 109:22), ‘melted’ by fear of distresses (Deuteronomy 20:8). In the Christian Greek Scriptures, when the mind is mentioned along with the heart, “mind” refers to the intellect while “heart” refers to the emotions, desires, and feelings of the inner person. For example, Jesus said: “You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.” (Matthew 22:37) He thus showed that a person’s desires, feelings, and emotions must express his love for God, but he must also express that love by the way he uses his mental faculties, as by taking in knowledge of God and Christ.—John 17:3.
Jehovah has dealt with double hearted people before. 1 Chronicles 12:33 and Psalm 12:2 and most of all JESUS DENOUNCED such hypocrisy. Matthew 15:7-8
Jehovah has also dealth with people who were half hearted. (Psalm 119:113) 113 The halfhearted ones I have hated, But your law I have loved. (Revelation 3:16) . . .So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.
Also T and Eddie, the scriptures speak of a person’s being in “want of heart.” Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros (by Koehler and Baumgartner, Leiden, 1958, p. 470) says that this means “without intelligence.” A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament by William Gesenius (translated by E. Robinson, 1836, p. 517) says that such a person is “void of understanding.” “Want of heart” marks a person who is lacking good judgment or discernment. Thus, “want of heart” is contrasted with “understanding” (Proverbs 10:13) and “discernment.” (Proverbs 11:12; 15:21) In other cases the one in “want of heart” is shown to be “inexperienced,” “foolish,” lacking in wisdom. (Proverb 7:7; 9:1-9, 16; 10:21) By using the term “heart,” these scriptures show that positive qualities of the whole inner person are deficient.
That the expression “want of heart” includes the idea of lacking good judgment or discernment is evident from the context in which it is used in the Scriptures. At Proverbs 6:32 the wise man says that one committing adultery “is in want of heart.” Other translations here read: “lacketh sense” (Ro), “has no sense” (RS, JB), “lacks judgment” (NIV), “is a senseless fool” (NE). The adulterer is “a senseless fool” in view of the bitter fruit of such sexual immorality. (Proverb 1:2-4; 6:23-35; 7:7, 21-27) Outwardly he may appear to be a reputable person, but the inner man is seriously lacking in proper development.
Another proverb says: “A man that is wanting in heart [“lacking sense,” Ro] shakes hands [a gesture used to ratify an agreement], going full surety before his companion.” (Proverbs 17:18) Perhaps swayed by sentimentality, such a man enters an agreement that could well result in loss of money and serious economic hardship for him. Though he may be well-intentioned or have praiseworthy motives, he nonetheless betrays a lack of good judgment.
I know this is long winded. Many people read this forum and I wanted to make clear Jehovah's position on people's hearts. Whether you a hypocrite, backstabber, double talker, whatever. Jehovah always, but ALWAYS knows your actions that stem from your heart. I want the person reading these forums to know that even though that you cannot fool the God of all creation. People pretend and portray themselves as pious but prove false to their claims. Hey! What a second, thats a prophecy.
Ms.T and Eddie G. Keep on putting on the excellent conduct and keep your happy heart silent so that Jehovah rejoices with his son and son of sons.
Thank Jehovah his giving manking 1,000 years to get their act together, because whew! They're going to need every second of it.