In our Study of John the question comes up about which approach to the gospel is most vital. That is a very complex question and deserves to be explored thoroughly. Hopefully this post may initiate such an exploration.
When this subject comes up I immediately hark back to the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37). Note that the commandment mentions the heart first, then the soul, then the mind. Analytically we might assume that all three are given equal weight.
But meditating on the comandment it strikes me that the heart comes first because it may be a prerequisite to the others.
(We may neglect the soul here partly because it is unclear to many of us. Websters's suggests the immortal and spiritual part of a person. It certainly deserves another discussion.)
Carl Jung named two of his four functions: thinking and feeling. It seems to divide people, simplistically of course, into the thinkers and feelers.
Several years ago I spent a year in close proximity with Byron, a fellow minister and a man who seemed to me emphatically a feeler. It seemed that he felt everything more deeply than I did (and I had always thought that I felt deeply-(funny).
It does seem clear that some of us lean in one way or the other; God gives us various and diverse gifts.
Looking at myself and trying to make myself transparent to you, dear reader, I feel that feeling is paramount in my nature, but perhaps also quite close to thinking.
Re my spiritual path: I entered the kingdom through the overwhelming feeling of God's love. I wanted to express my gratitude any way I could. Focusing on the lessons and commandments of Jesus I came up with the Great Commandment (and also with his Parable of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31ff).
When the Gulf War came along I made a comment to a friend that "the only thing that can save us is a spiritual revolution". He said, "No, a mental one!". I've often thought about that conversation: how does it relate to this discussion of 'heart and mind'?
It seems to me that the people of our culture have wonderful hearts, but pigmy minds; the best of us may use 2% of the brains God gave us. To act entirely on my heart I might choose crucifixion as the Lord did. But, coward that I am, I can at least try to improve my mind and that of those I impact.
How do you feel?