Words from the Heart for Friday September 8th, 2017
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
Out of the Heart
Many people are filled with deep regrets. Even if they heard this principle early in their life, they disregarded it and have suffered from that decision. It’s not too late. We can ask the Lord’s forgiveness and give our hearts to Him. By His Spirit we can set a guard of truth over our hearts. Many areas of our lives will be affected for the good when we have committed our way to Him.
Winnipeg considers itself the heart of Canada. It is true that Winnipeg is about half way between Canada’s most easterly and westerly point. However, if you consider both the north and south points – Cape Aldrich, Nunavut and Middle Island in Lake Erie; and east and west points – Cape Spear, Nfld and the southern end of the Yukon-Alaska border then the geographical centre, the true heart of Canada, is a point just south of Yathkyed Lake in Nunavut, west of Hudson Bay.
In western culture the heart is the centre of things. There is the heart of a city, the heart of the matter and the heart of it all. When we speak of the heart of a person, we don’t necessarily mean the organ that keeps blood flowing throughout the body. More often than not we are speaking of that which drives a person, the source of their personality, compassion and compulsion. This is a Biblical principle. King Solomon speaks of the heart in Proverbs 4:23 where he writes “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Solomon recognized that all that a person is flows from their heart. So his wise advice is to be diligent in keeping the heart in such a way that what flows out of it, spiritually and emotionally, will be godly and good. We guard our heart by keeping focused on the things of God and by allowing into it only those things that will keep the heart pure and tender. What has been flowing from your heart lately? Is your heart filled with the loving presence of Jesus?
These have been words from the heart.