Heart Issues

Keep Your Heart with All Diligence

Proverbs 4:23-27 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Turn not to the right hand or to the left; remove thy foot from evil.

In the seventeenth century, William Harvey made a revolutionary discovery that revolutionized medical science, the circulation of blood. Two thousand seven hundred years earlier, the author of Proverbs recognized the importance of the heart for maintaining life. The heart symbolizes the center of one’s innermost being. In Matthew 15:19, Jesus says that it isn’t what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out of a man. Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

Keep thy heart with all diligence. Set a strict guard upon your heart and soul. Keep it from doing hurt and getting hurt. Because out of it are the issues of life.

Seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life.
Heed the Biblical warnings of:
a double Heart – Psalm 12:2
a hard heart – Proverbs 28:14
a proud heart – Proverbs 21:4
an unbelieving heart – Hebrews 3:12
a cold heart – Matthew 24:12
and an unclean heart – Psalm 51:10

Search me, O God, and know my heart – Psalm 139:23

©2023 Debora Gilley

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