KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHY AND BUOYANT IV
A healthy and buoyant heart is an asset for divine direction. Every believer knows that divine direction is one of the greatest needs of man after salvation. A sick, weak, and invalid heart (spirit) is almost completely useless when it comes to divine direction because God leads primarily through the spirit of man. The Bible says:
“The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” – Proverbs 20:27
The spirit which is the heart must be healthy and strong to serve as an effective “light” (candle) of the Lord.
For instance, un-forgiveness is not just one of those “fleshy” sins but it could be a deadly vice that sickens and invalidate the heart, thereby turning off the candle of the Lord in a man. God made it clear in His word that those who will not forgive others, risk the danger of not being forgiven. The bible says:
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25
If a believer refuses to forgive others, all his/her past sins can be recalled. If God should mark iniquity, who can stand. Psalm 130:3. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. Every believer is a product of forgiveness through the unfailing mercies of God which are new every morning. Lamentation 3:22-23
It should be noted that who is right or wrong is of less importance to God. Un-forgiveness travels in a very dangerous pack. It travels with anger, bitterness, malice, evil-speaking; all of which the Bible admonishes us to put off. The Bible says:
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:30-31
Verse 31 of the above scripture commands us to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another as God has forgiven us. A tender heart is the opposite of a hardened heart. Un-forgiveness hardens the heart. The scriptures made it clearer in another passage that bitterness defiles. The bible says:
“ Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” – Hebrews 12:15
Please note that believers can only be defiled from the heart. Matthew 15:18. Therefore, un-forgiveness, bitterness, and all others in that family defile the heart (spirit). A defiled heart can never be an effective candle of the Lord.
Therefore, to keep a healthy and buoyant heart (i.e. spirit), believers must be kind to all and quick to forgive. The more we subscribe to this, the healthier and stronger our heart becomes. Then, the heart can truly serve as the candle of the Lord, good and reliable for divine direction.
If you are reading this and have not received Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and personal Savior. You need a personal experience with God. He wants to guide you on all issues of your life; He wants to give you rest all the way in your journey of life, He wants you to have a life at its best and reign with Him in eternity but He needs you to make the personal choice of receiving Him to your heart today. Go straight to the salvation page on our website, say the prayer there and be in church next Sunday to consolidate your decision. You will be happy you did.
Believers! Remember, be quick to forgive, be kind to all!
Scriptures for meditation: Mark 11:25-26; Matthew 5:23-24
Jesus is LORD!