Prov 4:23 Keep [guard] your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the issues of life. Deut 6:5 And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart...
[Part 2 of 2] The soul is the person himself, but the heart is the person in action. This means that whenever you act, you act by your heart. Therefore, we may say that our heart is our representative in action. When a brother says to his wife, "Dear, I love you," this means that his heart loves her. Whenever we enjoy something or dislike something, it is our heart that enjoys or dislikes. Thus, our heart is our representative, the acting commissioner or ambassador, of our inner being. Because the heart is our representative, Solomon says in Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." The Hebrew word rendered "keep" means guard. We should guard our heart above all because out of it are the issues of life. Out of the heart come all the issues of our daily life. As human beings, we have life, and this life acts through our heart. The word "life" in Proverbs 4:23 implies an organic element, the element of life; it also implies our daily living and activities, in fact, our entire human life. As human beings, we have a human life, and this human life has an organic element and also a daily living. The activities and movements of our physical body depend on our physical heart. In like manner, our daily living depends on our psychological heart. The way we act and behave depends on the kind of heart we have.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, pp.182-183. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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