“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
God’s children must sincerely examine their heart condition to be sure that it conforms to the principles laid out in the Scriptures.
The Bible clearly teaches that the attaining of eternal life is possible only through the merit of the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Life is a gift from God.
However, this gift is available only to those who believe. Belief must be of the heart.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
The word “heart” appears many times in the Bible. In most instances, it is used in a symbolic sense. Many expressions are used in describing the various heart conditions which are possible.
The Scriptures speak of such things as heart integrity; a heart that fainteth; a hardened heart; a willing heart; a heart that is discouraged; a grieving heart; and a heart that is filled in various passages of the Old and New Testaments.
The Bible also speaks of: blindness of heart; astonishment of heart; hearts that are melted; glad, merry and rejoicing hearts; hearts of understanding; singing hearts, and sorrowful hearts. Clean hearts, and hearts that are strengthened are also mentioned. There are enlarged hearts, lonely hearts, and burning hearts. Likewise mentioned in Scripture are broken and contrite hearts and singleness of heart.
It has been suggested that the heart is the seat of our affection. This thought is in harmony with the many Bible passages that refer to the heart.
A more comprehensive thought is that the heart embodies what we truly are, in contrast with what we may outwardly appear to be.
The child of God will always strive to have his outward demeanor conform to his inward heart sentiments. There will be mistakes of word and deed which do not reflect what he really desires to be because of the imperfections of the flesh.
We should be very thankful that the Lord does not judge His people according to what can be seen and heard by man, but that He is able to look upon the “hidden man of the heart”. See I Peter 3:4.
This brings to mind Samuel’s anointing of David to be King of Israel. Samuel made his selection from among the sons of Jesse, choosing his eldest son Eliab.
However, the Lord said to Samuel, “...Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart”
(I Samuel 16:7).