Isn’t it little wonder that the sentimental embodiment of the”heart” is a paradoxical one of life and death. The only organ of the human body that becomes fatal for the individual, when it fails or stops. It sustains life with its continuous pumping of blood and is a perpetual journey that involves regular checkups. Suffice to say, its the most imperative part of the human organ.
That leads me to the distinctly variant of the same thing. The other side of the coin, that embodies our very being, the crux of our nature – “The Heart” of a man, where desires reside and the connection we have to God and people: the core of who we are. What’s this got to do with a decayed heart, I hear you say? Well, cause the heart is such a delicate core; it’s extremely convenient to let it run wild and turn into the polar opposite of what might have been preached and professed prior.
- A decayed heart is a divided one, it aligns with a misguided view of morality. It eats an apple but complains it lack the taste of a pineapple, then eats that and concludes an orange would have tasted better… There’s no satisfying it, perhaps its underlying gratification comes from when the heart is heavy with bitterness and complaints.
In the book of Proverbs 4:23 – “keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
The decayed heart would skip the Lord’s house nor observe His laws, but still have the temerity to point wagging fingers at preconceived “hypocrites” at church. In no way am I being contradictory to also state that, it’s pathetic and concerning, that some of us supposed “born-again” Christians are still caught up within the webs of a decayed heart, without realising the culmination towards an utterly departed heart; it ends in self-destruction. An essential feature with our walk with God is the condition of our heart.
Jeremiah said in chapter 16:9-10 that “the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick, who can understand it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind. Even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.”
The chained effects
Stagnation in growth and righteousness, results from a divided heart, one that confesses God words, but still swing to the political correctness of the world, when it seems fit. It wouldn’t matter if we could speak in tongue backwards, a heart as such, misses a crucial and divine element, as we walk in faithfulness.
- It threatens everything around it. Family, ministry, relationships, finances, careers et all.
- It’s a deadly toxic aura that permeate bitterness.
- The inner man is what God is concerned with, not the outward appearance, a purified heart would reflect outwardly.
Matthew 5:8 “blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God”
The right cheek
So yes, that person who stepped on our trippy cords, can’t remain trapped within that cloud of rage and strive. Lest we forget, there’s a common enemy who’s hellbent on destruction, to cage, to limit, to mock and contain the vessels God uses to save souls, and through whatever means, the arrows would come flying.
The heart being the most delicate and vulnerable fragment of our essence, attracts varied fiery darts all locked on to deceive, cause depression, bitterness, anger et al. The fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in high places.
Guarding the heart with the word of God is a pivotal emphasis.
We’ve all been there before, guilty of interpreting situations the wrong way, the wrong perspective of a fellow individual, misconstrued logic – builds up like a fungi infections to the soul.
Our prayer should reference Psalm 51:10 – “create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me”
How & why do we keep our heart right?
As fallible beings, keeping our heart right might seem difficult and impossible, but with Christ all things are possible; you think that’s an overstretched cliche? But that’s the truth. It’s a process that requires absolute surrender to God and His word.
- A renewed sculpted heart aligned to God is attained through the teaching, guidance and conviction of the Holy Spirit and heeding to the word of God.
- Accountability to elders and spiritually strong brethren or sisters aids towards a right heart. It bear fruits to humility.
- The heart has a natural tendency to be self-centred, rebellious and dwelling upon rationalisations built up within – it needs guarding to fully experience God’s blessings.
We can’t go further than the condition of our heart, be it in ministry, relationships, families, careers, spiritually etc — what we see, sense and hear is coloured by the condition of the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 “above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
The wellspring of life precisely. Imagine a stream with dirt and garbages within its depths. It flows to a neighbouring city, its inhabitants unaware of the stream origin decides to drink of it; the end result is pandemic pollution. In our heart should be springs of living water, the word of God, His unfailing grace, unending love, the testimonies of His miracle – not garbage insignificant trash of bitterness or resentment or pride or self-righteousness or hypocrisy or whatever you know within yourself truthfully, that’s restricting spiritual growth.
Chuck Swindoll once wrote: “How important is the heart? It is there that character is formed. It alone holds the secrets of true success. Its treasures are priceless – but they can be stolen.”