My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 3:1-2 (KJV)
It’s a Heart Thing
In 1956, John Callaghan conducted Canada’s first successful open heart surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital. Considered a simple surgery now, at the time it pushed the boundaries of modern heart surgery and knowledge. Callaghan had already made a name for himself. In 1946, John Callaghan graduated from University of Toronto. While there, he and fellow cardiac surgeon Wilfred Bigelow developed new cardiac surgical techniques to slow the heart for heart surgery. In 1951, the two stunned the medical world, by pioneering the use of hypothermia to perform complex surgeries.
Because I love my wife, I live in a certain way. I say no to things that would cause me to break my marriage vows. I choose to honour her in every other relationship that I have. I only speak highly of her whether I am with her or not. She knows these things and can trust me when I am away from her – which, with the ministry I have, is quite often. I don’t do this out of obligation or duty. I live this way because of love. It is a heart thing. Now let’s apply this principle to my relationship with the Lord Jesus. Proverbs 3:1-2 says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” God has given us His commandments and expects us to live by them. Some people see these as rules that bind them and steal their freedom. But Solomon reminds us that keeping His commandments is a thing of the heart. And when this is the case, living according to His law is not a burden, but a joy.
These have been words from the heart.