The heart is the vessel that helps to make a man who he is; it holds the key that opens up the true character and nature of the man (Prov. 23:7; Jer. 9:8). This is why God judges the heart; only He can accurately see through the veneer with which man cloaks himself (1 Sam. 16:7; Ps. 44:21). God discovers man’s dreadful condition through the application of His inspired word (Heb. 4:12). Man is heart, mind, and soul, and each aspect of him must turn to God, if he is ever to have a relationship with Him. Thus, man must love God with all the positive affections he has (with all his heart). Whatever the affection (adoration, joy, love, etc.), man must have this toward God. He also must love God with all of his soul. Man’s character must be in a position to offer God his best. Every issue, all that a man does, must be in keeping with God’s will. Finally, man must love God with his entire mind. This means that every thought, plan, and rationale must consider God. Man cannot lean upon his own understanding of the way things are or ought to be; He must put his trust in God’s wisdom and not his own (Prov. 3:5–6).