Christian Pilgrim


105. Cut To / Pricked In The Heart

Being "cut to the heart" elicits pure hatred:

Acts 5:33 - "When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them."

Acts 7:54 - "When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth."

But being "pricked in the heart" elicits a cry for mercy:

Acts 2:37 - "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

Acts 9:5 - "And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

Therefore the phrase means the conscience being laid bare to elicit the appropriate response, depending on how God is dealing with them.