We’ve all heard this phrase and if you’re a GRITS (girl raised in the south) like me, you’ve probably said or heard it more times than you can possibly count. It may even be embedded deep in our southerly DNA.

So, what are we blessing exactly? And frankly, and more to the point of this series, what are we really saying and do we even mean it?

I mentioned in our introduction last week the word heart is mentioned nearly 1,000 times in scripture. In order for us to gain a deeper understanding of the heart we must find out three important things:

  1. Where it is found in scripture?
  2. What has God said about it?
  3. Why it is important?

Today, let’s take a look at its very first appearance.

Both man’s heart and its condition are referred to in this verse.

What is man’s heart exactly?

The Hebrew word used here for the heart, leb, explains it best. The heart includes the:

  • Motives
  • Feelings
  • Affections
  • Desires
  • Will
  • Aims
  • Principles
  • Thoughts
  • Intellect

In fact, this word embraces the whole inner man. It stands for the inner being of man, the man himself, and is the fountain of all he does. All his thoughts, desires, words, and actions flow from deep within him.

What is the condition of man’s heart?

God saw that every imagination (purpose) of its thoughts (plan, plot) was only evil continually.

The Hebrew word for evil is, ra’.

Used in the Bible 663 times, ra’ is referred to quite often. It refers to that which is “bad” or “evil,” in a wide variety of applications. A greater number of the word’s occurrences signify something morally evil or hurtful, often referring to man or men.

How often were the hearts thoughts evil?

Continually. That is to mean:

  • All
  • The whole
  • The entirety

In examining the meaning of the words in this verse, it can also be understood like this:

…every intent of man’s whole inner being, in it’s entirety, is bad.

Wow. When broken down like that, its quite sobering to me. God saw, down to our very core, the condition of man’s depraved hearts as they began to multiply after the fall.

Understanding our hearts condition according to scripture is crucial. Our tendency is to view our hearts, or our person, as being bad or good based off of the world’s standards or our own sense of moral justice. We think we are inherently good if we haven’t committed sins according to our own sliding scale. Those we perceive as being “the really bad ones.”

But, we see from this verse and we will continue to see throughout this series, that all men suffer from the same condition of heart.

Join me next week and we’ll look at how God felt when he saw this. In the meantime, did you find this post helpful? If so, in what way?

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  1. Thank you, Callie, for your sharing about the heart. We should desire to have a pure heart every day. Love you.