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About the Theme of the Week
Each week on Colson Center.org, BreakPoint Radio and BreakPoint.org, WorldviewChurch.org and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: Habits of the Heart

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Why did Jesus emphasize sins of the heart as much as he did (Matthew 5:22 & 28)? Why did He equate hatred with murder, and a lustful gaze with adultery? Why does He also say that what comes out of a person's mouth defiles him or her (Matt. 15:11)? For that matter, why is God so concerned that we love Him with all of our hearts, souls and minds (Matt. 22:36-40)?


We find the answer to all of these questions when we examine the Hebrew conception of the heart, and what it meant when Solomon wrote that we must guard our hearts above all else (Proverbs 4:23). As John Stonestreet points out in this week's ReSeries video, the heart in Scripture refers not to our emotions alone, but to our deepest thoughts, intentions and affections—the true essence of what makes us, us.

And contrary to popular wisdom, says John,
we're not victims of our hearts. In fact, we learn from the Bible that God expects us to cultivate good hearts by keeping careful guard over what we see, hear and participate in. Our actions especially, form the basis of what might be called "habits of the heart," or the patterns of life which together form us and reinforce an upright or broken way of living.

That's why Jesus said what he did. He knew that as soon as we commit an evil in our thoughts, intentions or affections, the battle over our actions is as good as lost. And we learn from elsewhere in Scripture that as soon as God gives us new hearts and changes our thoughts, intentions and affections (Ezekiel 36:26), victory over our old, sinful selves and their habits is possible for the first time. In fact, when God changes our hearts, we are considered new creations altogether (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Join us this week at the Colson Center as we dig into this subject, and investigate how Christians ought to cultivate habits of the heart which will shape our actions, and in turn our persons, into the image of Savior.



Explore This Week's Theme

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John Stonestreet cautions people about equating the heart with feelings and the mind with thinking. What's in our heart is our real realitythose beliefs upon which we act. And they're formed and revealed by our habits.

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