Issues of the heart - part two.
The centrality to Kingdom life is the issues of the heart. Until our hearts have been softened and renewed through Gods Holy Spirit, we live hardened and selfishly. Living self-less, is a foundational response to the grace and mercy afforded us through accepting the salvation through His son.
We cannot regulate the heart by laws, regulations and striving for obedience. The heart is regulated by an inner work of The Holy Spirit. Our responsibility as Christians, is to PRODUCE the fruit of The Spirit, through acts of repentance, obedience and love towards His Word.
“Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences.” Complete Jewish Bible
GUARDING our heart is a personal responsibility. It requires us to be personally responsible for:
What GOES in
What GOES out
What it HEARS
What it SEES
What it SHARES
What it FEELS
In short, the heart regulates the hands
If we are to follow the warning in Proverbs 4:23, then our HEART needs to be the number one priority. Why? Because all the issues of life flow from your heart.
Another version (E.S.V.) puts the word GUARD as being VIGILANT. or With all vigilance:
A vigilante is someone who takes the matters of guarding, protecting and enforcing into their own hands.
Each of us have to take the matter of guarding your heart into your own hands.
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Life is a test - Make no mistake; we will have opportunity to be offended. The more we are offended, the more likely we are living with a damaged and hardened heart. However, there is a cure. Repentance! Turning from emotional hurts by renouncing such offences and turning to Him in worship.
What is your heart saying to you?