Heart monitors

137/365 - 2/22/2011

Image by GabrielaP93 via Flickr

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘heart issues’ recently… especially around the words of Jesus.

 “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. 18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you…” Matthew 15:17-18

I’ve come to the realization that we put filters on different aspects of ours lives…

Think about it… when we are thinking something that we think may hurt someones… we filter our mouth.

It might be angry words

It might be jealous words

It might be crude words

We stop ourselves from saying what we are feeling or thinking

We filter our words.

But that is the problem…  Jesus was saying that it’s NOT about what we do or what we don’t say…

Jesus was saying that it’s NOT about what you do or even what you don’t do…

You see, you can filter it, and you can put a bandage on it and you can hide it… but here’s the really hard part… unless we are willing to deal with the heart of the issue, you are only making a temporary fix.

And the heart is where it begins.

I’ve said in past blogs but King Solomon was widely regarded as the wisest guy who had ever lived, and he said

“Above all else… guard your heart” Proverbs 4:23

Think about that… that is HUGE!

The guy talked about all sorts of issues, relationships, money, sex, you name it he talked about it… but with this he said “Above all else… guard your heart” – this is a really important issue.

Put a heart monitor on…

What is going in it?

What is going out?

You can put bandages on what you say…

you can put bandages on what you do…

But you need to sort out what is in your heart!

 

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