Recently I received an advice from a friend in regards to Nathan (my son) which taught me a great spiritual lesson. I was told not to let Nathan watch certain types of cartoons which promote violence, revenge or too much ‘dishum-dishums’. Ironically, this included one of my favorite cartoon in my childhood- Tom & Jerry. The explanation was quite simple. Kids tend to relate to the cartoon characters as real people and all the chasing, hitting, behavior etc as natural things and tend to ‘pick them up’ or copy them. Very often, it’s too late by the time parents realize the source of such violent outbursts. This is not their mistake as this is what they have been watching and feeding their heart and mind. We often don’t think of such things in depth and brush it away lightly. This is exactly what happens in our spiritual life as well.
Our heart is the wellspring of Life! It is the seat of all emotions and can influence every thought and action. No matter how small or big we are, eventually our thoughts and actions reflect the things which are in our heart. It is vital that we protect our heart from being attacked! Proverbs 4:23 says (NLT),
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Jesus said “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say..”(Mathew 12:34,NLT).
We read in Luke 6:45(NLT),
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
It is important to choose what we consume through our senses (see, hear, speak, touch). If we intake things that are of high virtue then we will certainly exhibit the same grace to people around us. The quality of our ‘heart feeds’ will determine the quality of our life and our character. If we choose to expose our heart to filth we will eventually be tempted to act on it and fall into sin. It is very important to guard our heart so that we may lead a life holy and pleasing to God.
The Remedy for Spiritual Heart Attack!
We must allow the word of God to be rooted deep in our heart so that we may be fruitful in every good word and work. A spiritual understanding of the word of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause a man to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down the evil thoughts and affections that work within. As Paul says in Philippians 4:8(NIV),
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
May the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in your sight O Lord!