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He was the son of Richard Flavel, a minister who died of the plague in while in prison for nonconformity. In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his On Keeping the Heart. On Keeping the Heart is a discourse upon Proverbs , “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Flavel intended this treatise for the. 16 quotes from Keeping the Heart: ‘Providence is like a curious piece of tapestry made of a thousand shreds, which, single, appear useless, but put toget.

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Reasons why this should be the great business of life. Keeping the heart in the time of prosperity.

Keeping the heart in time of adversity. Keeping the heart in the time of Zion’s troubles. Keeping the heart in the time of danger and public distraction. Keeping the heart in the time of outward wants.

Keeping the Heart Quotes

Keeping the heart in the season of duty. Keeping the heart when we receive injuries and abuses from men. Keeping the heart when we meet with great trials. Keeping the heart in the hour of temptation. Keeping the heart in the time of doubting and spiritual darkness. Keeping the heart when sufferings for religion are laid upon us.

Keeping the heart when sickness warns that death is near. To the people of God. Two things which consume the time and strength of professors. Exhortation to hearty engagedness in keeping the heart.

Ten fhe by way of inducement. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and heedless spirit will cost no great pains; but to set yourself before the Lord and tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him; this will cost you something. Flavrl attain a facility and dexterity of language in prayer and put your meaning into apt and decent expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin, while you are confessing it; melted with free grace, while you are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the apprehensions of God’s infinite holiness and keepinv keep your heart in this frame, not only in but after duty, will surely cost you some groans and pains of soul.

To repress the outward acts of sin and compose the external part of your life in a laudable manner is no great matter; even carnal persons by the force of common principles can do this: If these be for their advantage, experience teaches us that no condition is ordinarily blessed with such fruits keepkng these, like an afflicted condition.

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Keeping the Heart by John Flavel

Is it well then to repine and droop because your Father consults the advantage of your soul rather than the gratification of your humors? Because he will bring you to heaven by a nearer way than you are willing to go?

Is this a due requital of his love, who is pleased so much to concern himself in your kepeing Who does more for you than he will do for thousands in the world upon whom he will not lay a keepig or dispense an affliction to them for their good? We judge by sense and reckon things good or evil according to our present taste. Take heed that you overlook not the many precious mercies which the people of God enjoy amidst all their trouble.

It is a pity that our tears on account of our troubles, should so blind our eyes, that we should not see our mercies. But what say you to pardon of sin; interest in Christ; the covenant of promise; and an eternity of happiness in the presence of God, after a few days are over?

The heart of man is his worst part before it be regenerated, and the best afterwards: The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it. The greatest difficulty in conversion, is, to win the heart to God; and the greatest difficulty after conversion, is, to keep the heart with God. Here lies the very force and stress of religion; here is that which makes the way to life a narrow way, and the gate of heaven a strait gate.

Direction and help in this great work, are the scope and run of the text: An exhortation, “Keep thy heart with all diligence. The reason or motive enforcing it, “For out of it are the issues of life. SecondlyThe manner thhe performing it. The matter of the duty: Heart is not here taken properly, for that noble yeart of the body, which philosophers call “the first that lives, and the last that dies;” but by heart, in a metaphor, the scripture sometimes understands some particular noble faculty of the soul.

But here we are to take it more generally, for the whole soul, or inner man. What the heart is to the body, that the soul is to the man; and what health is to the heart, that holiness is to the soul.

The state of the whole body depends upon the soundness and vigour of the heart; and the everlasting state of the whole man upon the good or ill condition of the soul. By keeping the heart, understand the diligent and constant 1 use of all holy means to preserve the soul from sin, and maintain its sweet and free communion with 1 I say constant, for the reason added in the text extends the duty to all the states and conditions of a Christian’s life, and makes it binding always.


Keeping the Heart Quotes by John Flavel

If the heart must be kept, because out of it are the issues of life, then as long as these issues of life do flow out of it, we are obliged to keep it. Layater on the text, will have the word taken from a besieged garrison, beset by many enemies with out, and in danger of being betrayed by treacherous citizens within, in which danger the soldiers, upon pain of death, are commanded to watch; and though the expression, Keep thy heart, seems to put it upon us as our work, yet it does not imply a sufficiency in us to do it.

,eeping are as able to stop the sun in its course, or to make the rivers run backward, as flave, our own skill and power to rule and order our hearts. We may as well be our own saviours, as our own keepers; and yet Solomon speaks properly enough, when he says, Keep thy heart; because the duty is ours, though the power be God’s. A natural teh has no kedping a gracious man has some, though not sufficient; and what power he has, depends upon the exciting and assisting strength of Christ.

Grace within us, is beholden to grace without us.

So much of the matter of the duty. The manner of performing it, is, with all diligence. The Hebrew is very emphatical; keep with all keeping, or, keep, keep; set double guards; your hearts will be gone else. This vehemency of expression, with which the duty is urged, plainly implies how difficult it is to keep our hearts, how dangerous to let them go.

The reason or motive quickening to this duty, is very forcible and weighty: The heart is the treasury, the hand and tongue but the shops; what is in these, comes from that; the hand and tongue always begin where the heart ends. The heart contrives, and the members execute; “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil: So then, if the heart err in its work, these must miscarry in theirs; for heart errors are like the errors of the first concoction, which cannot be rectified afterwards: Or like the misplacing and inverting of the stamps and letters in the press, which must cause so many errata in all the copies that are printed.

Oh, then how important a duty is that which is contained in the following: