Cold Hands … Warm Heart?
We have heard this phrase many times. It originated in the early 1900’s in England with the idea that a person with cold hands must have a warm and generous heart inside. Actually, the outside temperature of our skin has nothing to do with our generous spirit, but there may be some truth in this phrase if we look deeply enough. Perhaps a person who uses his/her hands to do hard work can have a generous spirit inside. People with a “warm heart” are willing to have cold hands, dirty hands, calloused hands, busy hands, clean hands, open hands, hands that hold other hands, and the list can go on and on. Hands can be an expression of our heart, both good and bad.
The Bible has several things to say about hands. For instance, in Psalm 24:4-5, we are reminded that “He who has clean hands and a pure heart…will receive a blessing from the Lord.” In Proverbs 10:4, we are told that “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” In I Thessalonians
4:11-12 we are encouraged to “…work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
The Bible also has a lot to say about the heart. Joshua 22:5b warns,
“…to walk in all His ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” In Ephesians 6:6b, we read, “…doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly…” I also like the admonition in Colossians 3:23 where we read, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”
So, there are parallels between the hands and the heart. We can see a person’s heart through the work of their hands! That can be good or bad if those hands are used to hurt and not heal. Are we the hands and heart of Jesus in our daily walk with Him? Do people see the heart and hands of Jesus in our conversation, in our lifestyle and in our willingness to step outside of our comfort zone to help others? If you look at the picture above, you will see those hands are calloused. That says something about that person, doesn’t it? What do our hands say?