January 22

“The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 15:14a)

“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” (Proverbs 27:19)

Physically, “the human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. The tissues of the body need a constant supply of nutrition in order to be active,” said Dr. Lawrence Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. “If [the heart] is not able to supply blood to the organs and tissues, they’ll die.”

Most of us know that there are many physical diseases of the heart, but the only way to know if there is something is truly wrong with our hearts is the appearance of symptoms. Hopefully problems such as shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or another symptom associated with heart disease will catch a person’s attention before a catastrophic event, like as a heart attack. If we are concerned and want to know the condition of our heart organs, we talk to a cardiologist, who may order a stress test for a complete examination of the heart.

Just as our hearts are essential to physical life, they are the center of our spiritual life and growth. But how can we know the condition of our other heart, the one where our emotions, affections, will, and love reside? The most obvious, and sometimes the most painful way to know what is in our hearts is through our choices, actions, reactions, and words. Solomon declared that from our hearts “flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21) and “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

What are some of the symptoms of a diseased spiritual heart? There are many, but some are discontent, envy, gluttony, lustfulness, denial of sin, anxiety, vanity, hypocrisy, greediness, bitterness, boastfulness, and selfishness.  Symptoms of a healthy heart, one that is able to learn wisdom are contentment, peace, patience, humility, sincerity, and honesty. Which of these symptoms do you see in yourself? If we have want to embrace godly wisdom we must seek God’s help through self-examination, confession, repentance.

  1. Lawrence Phillips, “LivesScience” https://www.livescience.com/34655-human-heart.html

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