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Examine Your Heart

The heart is often considered, in a non-physical sense, to be the vital center and source of one’s passions, emotions, and sensibilities.  It is often referred to as the domain of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs.  Some believe the heart is the reservoir of sympathy, compassion, and generosity.  Proverbs 27:19 states, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.”

If the heart of a man reflects what a man is, what would we see if we could look into your heart?  It is not necessarily pleasant to consider opening one’s self up in such a vulnerable manner.  There are in each of us, to some degree, dark passions and dark beliefs.  If you are like me, you would probably want to clean it up a bit before allowing others to look in.  The psalmist cried out and said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (51:10)

The truth is that left to ourselves we will never have a heart we want to open up to others.  As a matter of fact, we constantly flee from God trying futilely to hide the condition of our hearts from the one being who actually can clean up our act.  This is why the psalmist correctly turns to God for a “clean heart” and a “right spirit.”

What is the passion of your heart?  You will be devoted to whatever your heart loves.  If your heart loves God, serving Him will be your greatest passion.  If your heart loves sin, then you will be a devoted slave to sin.  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34) What is your greatest treasure in this life?  What is it that is most valuable to you?  That passion is what you will choose to serve.

The heart of a Christian reflects passion for Jesus Christ.  His greatest treasure is his relationship with Jesus and his desire to love and glorify Him.  A passion to love and honor God is the reflection of a heart given a right spirit.  That which your heart treasures most will be reflected in all your ways.  Do not neglect to examine your own heart, for it is there that God’s image should be planted.

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