All three parts of our being—mind, soul and heart—have intelligence and can think independently of each other. Unfortunately, our mind, soul and heart can disagree. When the three disagree, we feel confused. So which one–mind, soul or heart–should have the final say? Only The Word knows.
The problem is, the mind, heart and soul each thinks he knows best. So the conflicted person lives in a state of inner turmoil. This is not God’s will. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). However, we will only experience peace when the dilemma in our “inner man” is resolved. The more the “three” agree, the more peace we experience in life.
Get the “Three” to Agree: Identify the Loudest Voice.
A dilemma is a dilemma because we can’t decide which voice to follow. The heart, mind and soul all voice their opinion, with one out-talking and screaming louder than the others. But, the loudest line of thinking is not always the right course of action.
- One voice makes sense. It is reasonable. It is what other people have done in a similar situation and the rationale can be easily explained. This is the mind thinking. The mind draws conclusions based on evidence. The mind makes decisions based on what is logical (Proverbs 14:12).
- Another voice is what we desire. We have imagined this “thing” our whole life (or for quite some time). We have even worked to make this option a reality. This is the soul thinking. The soul (the voice of the physical body), makes decisions based on input from the five senses (taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight). The soul makes decisions based on tangible experiences (James 4:1-3, Ephesians 2:3-5)
- Another voice pulls us for no apparent reason. This option is not logical. There is no tangible proof for us to choose this direction. But, our emotions are involved. For some reason, this option “feels” right. The heart makes decisions based on faith, without seeing any reason why. This is the heart thinking. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
Again, which one–mind, soul or heart–should have the final say? The Word of God says the heart decides. But ultimately, the strongest of the three voices influences the direction of our life now and our eternal life.
1 Samuel 16:7, New King James Version – “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God examines our “heart”. The voice of the heart has the final say.
Put the “Accountable” Voice in Control.
God holds our “heart” accountable. When we make a decision in our heart, Heaven responds. Everyone except Noah and his family was destroyed in the Flood because the “thoughts of their hearts” were always evil (Genesis 6:1-8).
Genesis 6:5-8, New King James Version – 5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
The heart is the one who must decide to be saved through Jesus Christ. When our heart chooses to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, our corrupt spirit (who is a slave to the voice of the mind and the soul) becomes born again (Romans 6:17-19).
Romans 10:8-10, Living Bible – 8 For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. 9 For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
It’s important for us to keep our hearts “right” with God. We cannot purify our own heart. If we sin, we simply need to repent and ask the Lord to help us.
Psalm 51:10, King James Version – “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Are you confused about anything? Let the heart decide. The heart can be trusted, when it is Spirit-led.
Hebrews 10:15-17, GOD’S WORD Translation – 15 The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing: 16 “This is the promise that I will make to them after those days, says the Lord: ‘I will put my teachings in their hearts and write them in their minds.’”17 Then he adds, “I will no longer hold their sins and their disobedience against them.”