Proverbs 4:23 – The Healthy Heart

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Provervs 4:23).

With each thub-bub of the heart precious springs of life are pumped throughout our body.  When the heart grows fat or weak that life flow is reduced and our health begins to fail.  Our energy and stamina weaken.  If not taken care of, it can eventually lead to death, a slow petering out or a sudden arrest of life.  The death can seem shocking to others, but in reality the lack of care for the heart through exercise and nutrition and healthy habits have been building up over time to the abrupt ceasing of the flow of its life springs.

Any physician or gym teacher out there will tell you to take care of your physical heart and only the unwise ignore or put off that advice.  Any preacher with a grain of spirituality will tell you to heed the Bible’s words and take care of your spiritual heart (as well as your physical one).  Likewise, only a fool ignores that advice.

How is the condition of your heart, spiritually speaking?  How about mine?  Is our heart toward God getting stronger through an active and diligent care for our heart, or have we been slowly weakening due to simple neglect or an active destructive lifestyle?  Have we been exercising it in the Word of God, in prayer, and in service to others?  Have we been feeding our hearts with a healthy diet of good and/or godly things, or have we been gorging ourselves on the junk-food diet of sin and a self-centered lifestyle?  How about our thought life?  What we watch with our eyes?  What we choose to listen to?  What we choose to say or not say with our tongues?

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Let’s be diligent in getting a steady, strong flow of life from our hearts.  Let’s no longer let the days roll by without being active in the producing of a strong and healthy heart.  Let us begin to know what it feels like to have a heart pumping forth steady spring of life within.

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