Work Of Heart-Keeping
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Prov.
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 can not 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.
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 Christian
cannot always be in the position of prayer, but his thoughts and desires can
always be upward.
To keep your heart in heaven will give vigor to all your graces and put life
into all your duties. To discipline the mind to dwell upon heavenly things
will put life and earnestness into all our endeavors. Our efforts are languid,
and we run the Christian race slowly, and manifest indolence and sloth, because
we so little value the heavenly prize. We are dwarfs in spiritual attainments.
It is the privilege and duty of the Christian to be increasing in the knowledge
of the Son of God, “unto a perfect man.”
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 100, 101.