The Intention of Man’s Heart

And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) ESV

The intention, also translated imagination, of man’s heart is to devise all kinds of wickedness and evil. It’s a picture of the separation of heaven and hell manifested in our mind and heart. It’s the pattern of creation.

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Out of the Heart

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

(Matthew 15:19) NKJV

Jesus was asked why he didn’t stop his disciples from eating before they had washed their hands. He was very direct in pointing out that we’re not defiled by what we put into our mouths, even if our hands are dirty. We’re defiled by what comes out of our mouths, and that starts in the corruption of our heart.

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Thoughts and Intents

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

(1 Samuel 14:7) KJV

We can sort the characteristics of the heart into thoughts and Intents and expand our understanding of Who Am I? Thoughts, quite naturally, stay in the mind. Intents are when we’re driven or motivated to act. We may or may not carry out the act, but it was an intent.

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