How does everything we do flow from our HEARTS? Proverbs 4:23 NIV Proverbs 4:23 New International Version (NIV) 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
ESV - 23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
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In this passage (as elsewhere in Scripture), the heart (because of its central role in maintaining life) is used as a metaphor for the human mind or brain, in the sense of being the center of thought and emotions. (Jesus later used the same imagery in speaking of how it was the things that came out of the heart that spiritually defiled a person, rather than any item of food that the person consumed from without (Matthew 15:16-20; Mark 7:14-23).) In the passage from Proverbs, Solomon is saying that wise people need to guard or control their hearts (referring to their thoughts, and to the words and actions that flow, or result, from those thoughts) in order to keep themselves pure and pleasing to God.
My King James Bible says, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." 1Corinthians 1:22,23 - "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness." Exodus 17:6, "Behold, I stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come living water out of it, and the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel." Throughout scripture Jesus is the Rock. He alone is wisdom and the source of all life. He is salvation. 1 Corinthians 3:11, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Christ Jesus." What we believe in our heart will show in our thoughts and actions. 1 Samuel 12: 20, 24; "...yet turn not aside from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; only fear the LORD, serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you." 1Samuel 16:7,..."for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." Christ is above any wisdom in this world.
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