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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We’ll post it here when we have had time to review it. Most of the teaching is about our depravity and our need for repentance but almost nowhere is mentioned how we are seating at the right hand of God and new creations already.
So much meat here keeoing a lifetime could be spent reading and re-reading this text. Whatever your issue, there’s an app for that. No trivia or quizzes yet.
It is a constant work. Keeping the heart when we receive injuries and abuses from men.
He tells us why we should take this commission seriously and speaks about there being particular times when we need to be especially wary of being distracted from our goal. If you indeed love the creature for itself; if you make it your end, and religion but a means, then the conclusion is lightly drawn against you. Quotes from Keeping the Heart. Oct 23, Steve Hazell rated it really liked it. Take heed that you overlook not the many precious mercies which the people of God enjoy amidst all their trouble.
Having received flavek early e kdeping Flavel c. He continued to minister at Diptford for about six years, succeeding the senior minister when he died, and endearing himself greatly to the people, not only by his earnestness, but by his easy dealings with them in the hexrt of tithes.
That is, being aware of where our affections stay from God and how sin is seeking to gain a hold in our lives. But if you would prevent the recurrence of distracting thoughts, if you would find your happiness in the performance of duty, flxvel must not only be careful that you engage in what is your duty, but labor with patient and persevering exertion to interest your feelings in it.
Preview — Keeping the Heart by John Flavel. May 06, Helen Griffin rated it it was amazing. Two things which consume the time and strength heatt professors. Because he will bring you to heaven by a nearer way than you are willing to go?
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is real, solid, substantive encouragement, and Christians everywhere would benefit from Flavel’s unflinching perspective on their circumstances.
Your own discontent is that which arms your troubles with a sting; you hheart your burden heavy by struggling under it. Well advised and deliberate vows are, in some cases, very useful to guard the heart against some special sin.
Frequent observation of the frame of the heart. It is hard work but the most necessary work 1. The following words inform us, “their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Thus each encouragement is based on the full heft of God’s own faithfulness.
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Are you resolved upon it? I thought it was very insightful of Flavel Heart is not here taken properly, for that noble part 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.
Does it not grieve you to see how religion is contemned and trampled under foot, and the professors of it ridiculed and scorned flqvel the world? Although I enjoyed this book as a whole, I particularly appreciated the opening few chapters and the final chapter which assess the why question. This is a book that I intend to reread on a regular basis. I need the Holy Spirit’s help for this! To keep the heart then, is carefully to preserve it from sin, which disorders it; and maintain that spiritual frame which fits it for a life of communion with God.
Flavel examines all sorts of situations in which we must especially guard or keep our hearts–in prosperity, in persecution, in discouragement, in temptation–and he gives practical guidelines keeping heartfelt pastoral encouragement for each one. It is not more difficult to surprise such a heart, than for an enemy to enter that city whose gates are open and unguarded.
But if you love the creature in reference to God, and see nothing in it separated from him, though sometimes your affections offend in the excess, this is consistent with sincere love to God. The comfort of our our souls much depends on the keeping of our hearts. It includes deep humiliation for heart evils and disorders; so the upright heart cannot be at rest till it has wept out its troubles and poured out its complaints before the Lord. If that divine unction, that spiritual fervour, and those holy impressions, which we obtain from God while engaged in the performance of one duty, were keepig to enliven and engage us in the performance of another, they would be of incalculable service to keep our hearts serious and devout.
Thus he is quite disordered, and all his actions teh irregular. It even helps with issues such as falling into temptation and desiring revenge. This is John Flavel’s classic work on union and fellowship with God. Flavel says that if we were to use the performing of this duty to determine which of us are true Christians, then there aren’t many around!
And may such a time be expected? The eye of God is, and the eye of a Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it. Definitely read this short book, but prepare for the knife.
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in its commands, its promises, its threatenings; let it be fixed in your understanding, your memory, your conscience, your affections. Those who do not have the distractions we have today. There were some good things here and there, but overall it flafel very lacking in grace and gentleness. Is my heart being corrected as well? Reasons why this should be the great business of life.