Observations Of The Heart Analysis

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The text Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ written by Dallas Willard lists six basic aspects or dimensions in a human life. These six dimensions are thought (images, concepts, judgements, inferences) feeling, (sensation, emotion) choice, (will, decision, character) body, (action, interaction with the physical world) social context, (personal and structural relations to others) and soul (the factor that integrates all of the above to form one life) of an individual life. The six dimensions relates to the Great Commandment by identifying the wholeness of an individual. In order for an individual to fulfill the Great Commandment he or she must know the purpose of doing so. True, the six dimensions make up the “human nature” of an individual’s…show more content…
For example, Luke 10:25, the expert in the law asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” That is, the expert was aware of the answer, but he was trying to test Jesus’ heart. Willard states, “That those with a well-kept heart are persons who are prepared for and capable of responding to the situations of life in ways that are good and right. Their will functions as it should, to choose what is good and avoid what is evil, and the other components of their nature cooperate to that end.” The other components such as the body (action, interaction with the physical world), social context (personal and structural relations to others), and soul (the factor that integrates all of the above to form one life) are essential in the make-up of the human self as it relates to the Great Commandments. Both the six dimensions and the Great Commandments relate to each individual’s relationship with God and others. Again, Willard states, “Spiritual formation in Christ is the process leading to that ideal end, and its result is love God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of the neighbor as oneself, showing, that apart from God the individual cannot do anything effectively on his or her

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