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As we move sacrificially toward God, we study scripture with our hearts sensing within the true meaning of the word. Below is a long list of scripture references about the heart. Lets get closer to God and pay attention to our hearts while increasing our sensitivity so we may better feel and understand the spirit within us.

Psalm 119:145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees.


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;


Jeremiah 3:10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord.


Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.


Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


​Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.


Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Matthew 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
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Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”


Ephesians 4:19  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.


Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”


Matthew 18:35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.


Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.


1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.


2 Corinthians 5:12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.


Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.


Proverbs 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:


Ecclesiastes 11:9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.


Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.


Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.


Malachi 4:6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”


Mark 7:20-22 20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.


Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.


Mark 11:23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.


Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


John 5:42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.


Romans 2:15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.


Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.


Psalm 32:11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!


​​Hosea 5:4 “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord.


Purify our hearts
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Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.


Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.


1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.


James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.


Psalm 24:3-5 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. 5 They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior


Psalm 26:2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;


Psalm 73:1  Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.


Psalm 73:13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.


​​Psalm 84:5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.


Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.


Psalm 94:15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.


Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.


Psalm 101:2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.


Psalm 125:4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.


Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Proverbs 11:20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.


Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?


Feel with our hearts


​​Ezekiel 33:31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.


Proverbs 8:5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.


Philemon 1:7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.


2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.


Colossians 2:2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,


Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.


Lamentations 2:18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.


Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.


Isaiah 65:14 My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.


Lamentations 1:22 “Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins. My groans are many and my heart is faint.”


2 Chronicles 34:27 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.


Psalm 69:32 The poor will see and be glad— you who seek God, may your hearts live!


Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.


Proverbs 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.


Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.


Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.


Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.


Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.


Proverbs 15:30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.


Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


Ecclesiastes 7:3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.


Joel 2:12 [ Rend Your Heart ] “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”


Give with our hearts


2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.


Guard our hearts


​​Leviticus 19:17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.


Proverbs 23:17 [ Saying 15 ] Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.


Proverbs 24:17 [ Saying 28 ] Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,


Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.


Make our hearts right with God


Acts 8:21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.


Isaiah 26:8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.


Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.


Psalm 36:1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes.


Psalm 49:3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.


Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.


Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


Psalm 77:6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:


Psalm 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.


Psalm 119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.


Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.


Psalm 119:30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.


Psalm 119:111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.


Psalm 119:112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.


Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.


Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.


Proverbs 23:26 [ Saying 18] My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,


Proverbs 24:32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:


Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.


Isaiah 14:13 You said in your heart, Isaiah 46:8 “Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.


Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.


Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.


Jeremiah 9:26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”


2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.


2 Chronicles 32:26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.


1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.


Psalm 105:3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.


Psalm 119:36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.


Psalm 119:70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.


Psalm 141:4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.


Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.


Proverbs 2:2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—


Proverbs 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.


Proverbs 3:1 [ Wisdom Bestows Well-Being ] My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,


Proverbs 4:4  Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.


Proverbs 7:25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.


Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.


Proverbs 12:23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.


Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.


Proverbs 15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.


Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.


Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.


Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.


Proverbs 16:23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.


Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.


Proverbs 17:20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.


Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.


Proverbs 21:2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.


Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.


Ecclesiastes 7:7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.


Ecclesiastes 7:26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.


Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.


Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it.


Jeremiah 4:14 Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?


Jeremiah 15 19 Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.


Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.


Jeremiah 17:10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”


Jeremiah 51:46 Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.

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Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—
Psalm 119:10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
​Psalm 119:69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.​

The Bible And The Heart