Why does Jesus separate the mind and heart in this verse?
Surely to have peace, is to have peace?
The heart and mind are mentioned a lot throughout the Bible, which reveals the significance, and although you can talk about the different definitions of each one (depending on the Biblical context), I want to talk about their meaning, in general.
The heart, therefore, refers to the part of us that controls our desires, emotions, hopes and dreams, whereas the mind is typically our intellect, thoughts, and where we find reason
In Ephesians 2:8-10 it talks about how we are saved through faith. This is actually a two-part process, which is what most people misunderstand, and end up either walking away from God or becoming a “lukewarm” Christian…
To have faith in God, our heart and mind need to believe – in other words, we have to believe (mind) and then trust (heart) God.
Think about this for a second…
If we believe with just our mind that God is true, then we really don’t have faith, because Satan believes the truth about God (James 2:19) – he just doesn’t live for God, because there is no relationship/trust there.
Our faith needs to become genuine and that my friends, only comes from trusting in Who God ultimately is. In other words, faith requires us to believe and trust (it requires both our heart and mind)
We were created to each have an intimate relationship with God – that means engaging our heart, but to have a real relationship with Him, we also have to engage our mind.
We can love God with all our heart, but find it hard to believe that He is there for us, every day.
I used to believe that God loved me, but He had more important things to worry about than my life – I hadn’t received the revelation in my heart that allowed my mind to connect the two
Peace within our hearts and mind is simply that we believe it, and we know it to be true.
Therefore, where are you on this journey with God? I want to encourage you this morning to ask the tough questions, as to whether you genuinely believe with your heart, and mind that God is your everything
“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” Matthew 22:37