Did you know the human heart pumps blood to every cell of the body in under 60 seconds? If the heart is removed from the body, it will continue to beat, if provided sufficient oxygen. The heart has long been seen as an important organ of the body.
In ancient Egypt, mummification required removing the organs of the body; However, the heart was either placed back into the body or into a vessel nearby. The heart is seen as the hub of emotions. It's how we experience life-the good and the bad.
With this said, it's important we keep guard over it. It's the place that we hide our innermost thoughts, the window God sees our true motives from, and the place that everything that comes out of our mouth or shown in our conduct stems from. We read, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7).
Our outward conduct is the expression of the heart. Have you ever not liked someone you just met based on unjustifiable feelings? You barely know them but you've already decided, for whatever reason, you'd rather not get to know them any further. There's something in our heart that is not right. Perhaps this person makes us feel insecure, unimportant, maybe they have strengths you wished you had. It's nothing they've done, but rather the imbalance in our own heart.
As a result, more times than none, we will focus on the shortcomings we see in the other person, rather than look at the wrong in our own.
It's important we keep check of our own heart. I've been trying to engrave in my children, during their tattling campaigns, to stop and look what they are doing wrong. Instead of coming to me over every little problem, (like when my 6-year-old feels I need to know every time his sister looks at him) I direct my children to examine what they can do to change themselves and therefore nip the problem in the bud. Stop focusing on the other person is my point.
"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" (Proverbs 4:23). This verse stresses the extreme importance of our attentiveness to our heart. ALL DILIGENCE. The writer knows that if our heart is in the right place, the rest of us will be in the right place too.
Oh Lord help us to examine ourselves. Show us areas that need change that we cannot see in ourselves.
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