Matters of the Heart
- Created on December 8th, 2005
I thought because of Valentines Day’s close association with the "heart," it would be a perfect time to discuss the subject, Matters of the Heart. In order to maintain a healthy heart you must consider your heart’s physical and spiritual well being.
There are numerous scriptures in the bible that deal with the spiritual condition of the heart. Proverbs 3:5, Matthew 5:8 and John 14:1, just to name a few. In Proverbs 4:23 the Holy Spirit makes a very profound statement through King Solomon. The verse says " Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." This statement is true both spiritually and naturally. We need to make every effort to guard our hearts by not only living right, but by eating right also. Bitterness and unforgiveness in a person’s heart can be just as dangerous to the health of a person’s heart as constantly eating foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. We need to be as mindful of what we put in our hearts, as what we keep in our hearts.
By the time you finish this article, someone will die of a heart attack caused by coronary disease. About one million people will experience heart attacks every year. Approximately one half of those attacks will be fatal. "Matters of the heart" are truly significant.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." He constantly admonishes us to keep our heart clean from sin. Many will die from sins they allow to remain in their lives. Fatty deposits of lust, hate, resentment and unforgiveness build up in their lives and can lead to premature death or destruction to ones spiritual well being.
The risk of coronary disease increases steadily as a person ages if preventative steps are not taken. The chances of a person dealing with any sinful patterns they have developed in their lives dramatically decreases as they get older.
Everyone can reduce the risk of heart disease by following their doctor’s advice––not smoking, exercising, treating high blood pressure and keeping your cholesterol level below 200. You can also reduce the risk of a spiritual heart attack by opening your heart to God. A steady diet of sin will always result in death.
Matters of the heart can have a profound effect on your entire life. Make sure you take matters in your own hands by living a spiritually healthy and physically healthy lifestyle.
God, show me how to cleanse my heart from everything that will cause it to be blocked from your will and purpose for my life. Forgive me for those sins I hate to commit as well as those sins I love to commit. I want my heart to flow in perfect harmony with you. Guide me in the lifestyle that would be pleasing to you so I can function as I was created in every area of my life. Amen.
Blessings on your journey to wellness
Minister GW Tyles