We associate Love with a 3 pound muscle in our chest that pumps blood through our body.
We connect with other people emotionally and physically with our hearts.
The heart is more than the center of our human affections but actually represents the center of an entire person.
Luke 10:27 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 7:20 - 22 Then He said, “What comes out of a person—that defiles him. For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
There wouldn’t even be such thing as country music if it wasn’t for broken promises and broken hearts.
When it comes to the heart, you don’t have a lust problem, or a sex problem, or a pornography problem, or a behavior problem, what you have and I have is a heart problem.
The heart simply wants to be satisfied with it’s own desires at the expense of others.
1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
The good news is the power of the gospel can change our sick deceitful hearts and make them brand new.
Matthew 5:27 - 28 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Sin happens in the heart first. Each of us is a sinner. Your heart can be made new in Christ.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:17 - 18 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
You can never really gain any benefit from living according to your own selfish desires.
Jesus is the cure for your heart problem and your lust problem and your shame problem and your guilt problem and your porn problem and your sex problem and your insecurity problem.