THIS WEEK IN TABLE TALK
Point: God loves us unconditionally, but we must choose to accept His love and show it through our actions.
- What did you do last week to show God you loved Him? What did you do last week to show a neighbor you loved them? How did it go?
While the Hebrews understood that the Lev or physical heart sustains life, they also thought it to be the center of intellect. They assumed the heart was where all understanding, wisdom, and emotions, like pain, fear and joy came from. Since all came from the heart, all choices were a result of the desires of the heart, and so all poor choices, sins, were a result of an evil or hardened heart. The only solution was a renewal of the heart.
- Though we know today that mental decision-making processes take place in the brain, when we feel emotional joy or pain, where do we feel it? Is it easy to see how the ancient world assumed it came from the heart?
- According to the video, how can we renew our heart? What does that look like practically?
- Say aloud, “Love the LORD your God with all your Lev.” Based upon what we now know of the Hebrew definition of Lev/Heart, put that statement into your own words.
Point: A hardened heart is the sign of a sinful, lost life and must be renewed through a rebirth.
- Is there a choice you are currently making that is causing a hardened heart?
- How can you renew your heart? (1. Acknowledging and repenting, or turning away, from sin 2. Accepting the invitation of the Lord to lead and renew you, made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus, and powered by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.)
- Share with someone about the renewing of your heart.
- Share with someone what you learned from today’s video.
O Lord, you have mercy on all. Take away my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of your Holy Spirit.
Take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore you, a heart to delight in you, to follow and to enjoy you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Ambrose, d. 397