With all preservation, watch
over your heart, because from it [flow] the springs of life. (Prov 4:23)
The good man out
of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man
out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from
that which fills his heart.
(Luke 6:45 NASB)
Who? This is a general command, and yet
the contents of the heart, expressed through speech, reveal two kinds of
people: the good and the evil.
What? The heart—the faculty of the soul
which is the seat of our desires—“the springs of life;” “treasure” (and a
portion of that treasure), which is good or evil; speech.
When? The springs of life are always
flowing and are particularly evident when we speak.
Where? The condition of our heart is
particularly evident when we open our mouths to speak to others.
Why? Our heart, reflected by our speech,
sets the whole course of our life, even into eternity.
How? We choose according to our greatest
So what? These are verses of absolute good or
absolute evil: of eternal life or eternal death.
passages teach us concerning the necessary God-created connection between
heart, speech, and life.
passages correct us when we falter in vigilance concerning our hearts.
passages rebuke us if we imagine that we can reform our lives or our speech
without a fundamental change of heart.
Training in righteousness: these passages help train us to watch over our hearts for our own
good, for the benefit of others, and for God’s glory.
Due to the sin of Adam, our hearts have been
radically corrupted, bent against God. Our vigilance and deeds in reforming our
hearts—if we do begin to realize the adverse effects our corrupted hearts have
on our lives—our will and works are utterly insufficient. We need the power of
the Holy Spirit. We need redemption for our hearts. As our hearts are, by
nature, in rebellion against God, we stand condemned as traitors against our Sovereign.
We need the legal obstacle to our redemption—our condemnation under the justice of God—removed.
Christ died, taking our condemnation in our place. But we must have more than forgiveness from the penalty of our sin; we must have redemption from the power of sin. Our hearts must be set free from the prison of sin. We must have our hearts cleansed from the pollution of sin. And as the old hymn celebrates:
[Christ] breaks the power of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free,
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
Having died for our sins, Jesus rose again on the third day, demonstrating that He was victorious over sin, death, and Hell. He now lives forever, offering salvation from sin and eternal life to all who believe in Him. He offers the power of the Holy Spirit, that we might guard our hearts, living lives that honor Him. By His grace and for His glory, dear reader, watch over your heart.
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