Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Pro 4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Pro 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Pro 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
These verses are a bit of wisdom from the Bible especially vs. 23. It is really neat. You can break down the scripture into smaller pieces into individual words and find more that way. Then you can put it altogether again and get more meaning. I want to work on the first verse but all are good.
John Wesley says: ‘Heart- thy thought, will and affections. From there proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.’ He says the natural come from the heart but the spiritual actions do lead to eternal life with GOD in heaven. But there is a scripture which I shall share in a little bit and it leads me to believe that following the heart can lead to eternal punishment as well as reward.
‘Keep thy heart’, Protect it from evil and from doing evil. Don’t hate someone, it will eat you up. You will spend so much energy hating him and destroying him and defeating everything about him that your capacity to love will fade. This verse : ‘The heart is desperately wicked and full of evil, who can know it’? It is capable of murder, anger, wrath, seditions, malice. In short the works of the flesh. They will hurt you, cutting off the circulation, the blood flow to your organs and members, causing disease. The cause would be in your emotion center right between your temples. The tangled emotions and reactions and resulting trouble would be detrimental to your health even causing cancer, etc. Not ‘in your mind’ but in emotions that we were never meant to dwell upon. That takes a spiritual turn and can cause a mix up of signals and causes stress and tensions that the body can’t relax from without love or medicine or a complete washing of your system. A true repentance could clear you out. Complete awareness from and soothing of GOD so that the flowing of the organs and what they do will upstart again. That will change you and make you more loving and you will lose less energy to fight hallucinations and ultra –anger and the strongest of our emotions.
‘The heart’- out of it flows the issues of life- what you know, what you do. We all have issues: we have inferiority issues, abandonment issues, love issues and security and money issues. But in Jesus Christ we can circumvent them, work through them or avoid them. We will no longer be self centered if we don’t want to be. We can be others focused and let our own stuff subside. We can look on them with disdain it is only in relationships that we need to deal with them. They won’t always come up if we have godly relationships and God’s word will be our guide.
We also like certain things and are entertained by certain things. We like something in a man or woman. But control your heart. If we are in relationships all our lives looking for that one special marriage we pick up a lot of bad habits in our confusion as to what to do with so many partners. We get to be really a mess. We need to take control of our lives. We need to wait and have faith in God. You say what you do. Don’t let your heart take its head like a horse that does whatever it wants and runs and runs away. ‘It must be harnessed with bit and bridle else it will not come near you’. This means to come to Christ freely. But Christ is a bit and bridle that tames us and makes us manageable. We become something we can deal with, doing some good. Jesus is the way and the truth.
The fascinating thing about this first verse quoted above is that it is the heart, the source what we are looking for. Many people meditate and they look for the source of thought. The heart is the source that we by pass or become aware of or delve into it. It is what some are looking for. It is the source of thought and feeling and emotion. It can be evil or good depending on how we keep it. Get on the right track and keep it there. Jesus is that source of control where we can use wisdom in making our lives and making decisions. We make fewer mistakes, do less stupid stuff and heal from our pasts in our relationship to GOD. This keeps us from tangled emotions and we find a peace that can’t really be explained. I can’t see really why people don’t want Jesus more, after struggling with their own way and seeing what it has got them sometimes…..
But it is not just hard control and depriving yourself. Obedience yes, but it is obedience to a loving Father, master and friend. Jesus way gives life where there is none. It is hard sometimes but there is only one way to go. It is fun and encouraging and challenging. It’s a good life in JESUS. He has given us the owner’s manual and showed us the way. The life takes effort like anything else. It keeps you out of trouble and has a great reward. So if you have more trouble than you know what to do with, come to Jesus. Be around, let Him find you. Your life and post life will be so much better.