Keeping the Heart

Keeping the Heart

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
life.” Diligent heart-keeping is essential to a healthy growth in grace. The
heart in its natural state is a habitation for unholy thoughts and sinful
passions. When brought into subjection to Christ, it must be cleansed by the
Spirit from all defilement
. This cannot be done without the consent of the
individual.
When the soul has been cleansed, it is the duty of the Christian to keep it
undefiled. Many seem to think that the religion of Christ does not call for the abandonment of daily sins, the breaking
loose from habits
which have held the soul in bondage. They renounce some
things condemned by the conscience, but they
fail to
represent Christ in the daily life. They do not
bring Christlikeness into the home.
They do not show a thoughtful care in their choice of words. Too often,
fretful, impatient words are spoken, words which stir the worst passions of the
human heart. Such ones need the abiding presence of Christ in the
soul. Only in his strength can they keep guard over the words and actions {and
thoughts!}.
In the work of heart-keeping we must be instant in prayer, unwearied
in petitioning the throne of grace for assistance
. Those who take the name
of Christian should come to God in earnestness
and humility
, pleading for help. The Saviour has told us to pray without
ceasing. The Christian cannot always be in the position of prayer, but his
thoughts and desires can always be upward
. Our self-confidence would vanish, did we talk
less and pray more.
Youth Instructor,
5.March.1903

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