Head And Heart

Head And Heart

19 December 2010

Today’s Reading: John 7-8


“Don’t be nitpickers; use your head—and heart!—to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.” (John 7:24 MSG)

In the Temple that day, the religious Jews arguing with Jesus were standing in the presence of God himself – God in human form – and called him “demon-possessed.” Jesus healed a man on the Jewish Sabbath and their narrow, legalistic interpretation of God’s law called his act of grace and mercy “sin!” They completely missed the compassion and love of God for one oppressed person and focussed instead on a technical infringement of a religious rule.

They were using their heads to make judgments about what Jesus said and did. They were judging Jesus and his words and actions by the very narrow perspective of what their religion-locked minds thought was right. They weren’t using their hearts because their hearts were closed, made hard and inflexible by prejudice and self-interest.

God won’t fit into my head. He’s much, much bigger than that. The only part of me that can stretch and grow enough to make room for God is my heart! Only a heart can expand enough to contain God’s truth.

By the way, Jesus didn’t say “head or heart” but head and heart! I’ve got to use my head and my heart. The only way I can make authentically right judgments and make room for God in my life is to open both my mind and my heart to God’s truth.


Father, The temptation to make nit-picking judgments based on my narrow, limited experience and point of view is ever with me. I purpose this morning to use my head and my heart – to be open-minded and open-hearted toward truth and toward people. Amen.

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