Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Living from the Inside Out

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

Organic Letterpress Type in DrawerThere’s a lot of talk these days about things “organic.”.  We have organic food, organic clothing, and even an organic Church.  What exactly does the word organic mean, and how does it relate to guarding our hearts?

The word “organic” goes back to the Greek word organon meaning instrument..  Another related Greek word, organikos, means “serving as instruments or engines.” In this sense, the heart can be called organic because it serves as the engine of our lives.  Just as an engine is what drives and propels a car forward, so does our heart drive and propel our life forward.

If your car engine is dirty, your car won’t run very well if it runs at all. When the human heart is dirty, the same is true. It won’t run very well, and, in some cases, it may not run at all. Take the case, for instance, of people who exhibit severe emotional illness.
So, what makes for a dirty heart, and how can it be cleaned?

A dirty heart is cluttered with things that clog its emotional arteries and hinder its proper functioning. Things such as wrong attitudes, emotional scars, and bad memories. In short, sin.  That sin could be our own on the sin of another that hurt us. No matter how much we may try to get rid of the things that clutter our heart, we will ultimately need the healing power of Jesus Christ to be totally healed.

The healthier your heart (aka, soul) is, the healthier you will be as a person. Why? Because what is in your heart affects every area of your life. We live from the inside out, not the outside in.  When we are strong on the inside, the pressures of life from the outside will not cause us to cave in.  Our inner strength, or inner pressure, will be greater than the outer pressure.  This means that our inner strength will render outer pressure ineffective and without consequence on our lives.

And that is a wonderful way to live!

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