THE 17th OF MARCH
IT IS OUR DUTY TO KEEP OUR HEARTS PURE
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23
The “heart” referred to in the Bible, is in fact, our spirit or our “inner man,” as Paul calls it. It is the part of us that makes us eternal beings and what became reborn by the Holy Spirit when we came to Jesus. The Lord says that out of the hearts of the ones who believe in Him “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
If we are mindful of what we feel and resolve our negative feelings of evil, unforgiveness, revenge, selfishness, jealousy, without letting them grow, out of our hearts will flow rivers of living water. Our words will produce life, as well as encourage and help those who listen to us.
What we have in our hearts will surface through our words. We are the ones who have to “empty our glass” of frustration, sadness, worries and any negative feelings before the Lord in prayer. We need to pray for forgiveness for our wrongs, ask the Lord to set us free from all evil so we can keep our hearts clean. The longer we “host” negative emotions, the more they will affect us and it will be harder to let them go.
From an unhappy and dissatisfied heart, life cannot spring!
Dear Lord, it is so encouraging that You want me to be happy and that I can come to You with everything that upsets or hurts me! Thank You that through faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit flows from my heart as rivers of living water and that You help me overcome any negative emotions that can block the flow of Your living water! Praises to Your holy Name, Lord Jesus, because at the cross, You provided my forgiveness and deliverance, and with You I can have a pure heart, filled with the Holy Spirit! Hallelujah! Amen