OUR HEART IS OUR D E S I R E S
•The heart is the thing that makes decisions. It is that thing in us that is the real us. That’s the personality we bring from eternity.•
GOAL: Pure, Desiring only to do the will of God, Disciplined, Good skills, Good habits and Appetites controlled by the Holy Spirit.
<PURE HEART> 90% of our earthly problems. Clear Mind that Comprehends is 9%. Disciplined Body is 1%.
“Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”
For example: compassion, connection, pain tolerance, self-motivation, purity of heart, spirituality, discipline, judging, evaluating.
|The thing that is absolutely necessary in this life is to gain the pure heart. We don’t have to do all of the rest in this life, for there will be much to do when we get on the other side. But one thing that is necessary for those who do have the covenant, the New and Everlasting Covenant, is to get the pure heart. Now the mind can wait, the body can wait, the might can wait–but the pure heart can’t wait. The scriptural name for the pure heart is charity. And if we have charity, then we are (will be) possessors of all things. If we don’t have charity, we are still nothing. The scriptures are very plain about that. Until we get the gift of charity, we simply can’t be trusted.|
Satan is not our main enemy. Oh he is an enemy, that’s true. He’s not interested in our turning to good at all, but he’s not our real problem. The real problem is simply ourself. If we can overcome ourselves, Satan offers no further barrier to us. The real problem is just our own heart. The evil desires within our own heart are the enemy we each have to conquer. Thus, it doesn’t matter whether we’re born rich or poor, male or female, black or white, bond or free–the human problem is all the same. The problem is, can you work out a new heart Can you become so pure that you have no ill will toward any human being. Your heart needs to be full of love for the Father and the Son and for all other beings, much so that you can be trusted to do the right thing in any circumstance in which you’ll be found. That is the goal.
(Excerpts from the teachings of BYU professor and philosopher, Chauncey Riddle)