The Heart, the Fountain of Life   1 comment

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Above:  Fountain, Circa 1842

Image Creator = John C. Sinclair

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Prov. 4, 23

I.  

Out of the heart issues character.

(1)  The various ends of life.  These come as result of endeavor for what one’s heart desires.

(2)  What is one in principle or feeling?

(3)  God’s estimate of one is as the heart.

Purify, elevate, and keep the heart from sin.

II.  

The sense of the original is:  Man’s happiness here depends upon the heart.

Like fountain, like stream.  Not environment, but the heart is the fountain.  The frendly have friends.  The happy dispositioned awakes a happy response.  “With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again,” here elsewhere.

III.

Eternal issues are from the heart.  Character determines destiny.  The sinful here and sinful there.  From the sinful heart flow all kinds of evil deeds, which issue in eternal death.

How necessary that the heart be right in God’s sight?  It may be so.  Is it?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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