Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives- Part Two
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
What are some ways that we can prevent spiritual cardiovascular disease?
1. Proper Diet- Feeding ourselves on the right things goes a long way towards protecting our hearts. The Word of God should be part of our daily diet. Feeding ourselves on thoses life giving words will keep our hearts vibrant and healthy. We should limit our intake of unhealthy things, such as certain television shows or movies, gossip, or websites that are going to take our hearts away from God. It is also important that we are in a good church where we can hear God's Word preached and taught on a regular basis.
2. Exercise- Serving others is a great spiritual exercise. There is something about helping people and actively giving ourselves away that helps keep our hearts healthy. Turning our focus outward to others is an amazing spiritual exercise with eternal benefits! I wonder how many people struggling with depression and loneliness would be cured if they could turn their attention towards serving and helping other people?
3. Prayer- In Part One, high blood pressure and high cholesterol were two of the enemies of a healthy heart that we mentioned. In the spiritual realm, worry and fear have the same effect on our hearts. Left unchecked, worry, fear, doubt, and their many companions will kill our relationship with God. Faith-filled prayer will drive those things away. Paul said, "Don't worry about anything but pray about everything." These are words to live by!
Can you think of anything else that will keep your heart healthy?
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