How About Your Heart?

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  Proverbs 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.

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The heart is a marvelous machine. It is center of one’s emotions. In the Bible the heart is mentioned more than 800 times, and the word is used to mean our entire emotional nature and understanding – spirit, soul and mind.

 

Let’s consider some different types of hearts that are necessary if we are to effectively serve the Lord:

  1. Clean Heart – David’s heart’s cry in Psalm 51:10Psalm 51:10
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    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.

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    was for God to help him have a clean heart. If we ask, God will empower us through the Holy Spirit to have a heart that is pure and free from guilt and defilement.
  2. Tender Heart – Every Christian needs a tender heart. Such a heart is sensitive toward God and is easily moved toward the needs of others (Ephesians 4:32Ephesians 4:32
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    32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

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    ).
  3. Perfect Heart – When a heart is fully committed to God, it can be considered a perfect heart (I Kings 8:61).
  4. Willing Heart – A willing heart is not reluctant to do or to give. In Exodus 35:5Exodus 35:5
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    5 Take ye from among you an offering unto Jehovah; whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, Jehovah's offering: gold, and silver, and brass,

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    and Exodus 35:21Exodus 35:21
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    21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and brought Jehovah's offering, for the work of the tent of meeting, and for all the service thereof, and for the holy garments.

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    , the children of Israel willingly brought an abundance of gifts and offerings for the construction of the tabernacle. Their generosity should be an example for us to joyfully bring our gifts of time, money, and talents to the Lord.
  5. Merry Heart – Being around those who have a merry heart is delightful. God takes pleasure in those who are happy and cheerful. (Proverbs 15: 13Proverbs 15: 13
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    13 A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

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    & 15 and Proverbs 17:22Proverbs 17:22
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    22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

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    ).
  6. Loving Heart – A loving heart is a prerequisite for all who seek to be their best for God. A clear command regarding this is given in Matthew 22:37-39Matthew 22:37-39
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    37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

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May each of us desire to bring a clean, tender, perfect, willing, merry and loving heart to the Lord!

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