Friday, August 16, 2019

Heart, Soul, and Mind

After the dedication of the Jamaican New Testament, a ceremony was organized in London to introduce it to the sizable Jamaican community there. As part of the ceremony, some short passages from the translation were read. The people shouted with joy! They all stood. They waved their arms and jumped, some with eyes filled with tears of joy.

They were hearing passages they had heard in English many times. But the Scriptures had a dramatic, fresh effect when packaged in the heart language. That is interesting and moving, but is it important? Jesus said we are to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, implying that the soul and heart are as important as our understanding. Words that activate our emotions – that touch our hearts – are more likely to change our behavior and our thinking – to align our hearts with God’s. As you partner with my Wycliffe ministry through your prayers and gifts, God uses you to help others align their hearts with God's heart.
The Jamaican New Testament, Story Source:

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