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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Away with every cowardly feeling, and make up your mind to encounter difficulties. Flavel admonishes hypocrites those who do not keep the heart, but only preserve outward appearancesand then lists various motives and means for those who would keep their hearts well.

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The state of the whole body depends upon the soundness and vigour of thw heart; and the everlasting state of the whole man upon the good or ill condition of the soul. Keeping the heart in the hour of temptation. The time of outward wants 6. Jan 05, Edward Joseph LaRow rated it it was amazing.

Mar 11, Jeremiah Tan rated it it was amazing. Flavel was an English Puritan who became a non-conformist flacel the ‘Great Ejection’ of In a comprehensive and helpful manner Flavel helps us understand better what ‘keeping the heart’ means. Either way, the period of want is not long. Wood bitterly comments on the violence of his dissent.

Two things which consume the hearrt and strength of professors. 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 preserved to enliven and engage us in the performance of another, they would be of incalculable service to keep our hearts serious and devout.


Keeping the Heart Quotes

The time of flaevl 2. The wide range of ‘seasons’ covered was particularly helpful as was the last chapter on ‘improving and applying the subject’.

When receiving injuries and abuses from men 8. What reason can be assigned why our hearts are so dull, so careless, so wandering, when we hear or pray, but that there have been long intermissions in our communion with God?

The uttermost importance of keeping the heart This is the concept that Flavel begins and ends with. You can finish these sermons in 1 sitting, but you won’t want too. If through the Divine blessing your happiness has been promoted by what he has done, why should you even have a hard thought of him?

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: How we understand grace comes from keeping our heart unto the Lord. The reason or motive enforcing it, “For out of it are the issues of life. First two chapters are great. Duties Included in Keeping the Heart This includes in it six particulars: The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it.

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: 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. 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.

This is an easy to read, helpful book by an excellent author. Flavel’s writings are known for their practical nature. Is this a due requital of his love, who is pleased so much to concern himself in your welfare?


Keeping the Heart: How to maintain your love for God by John Flavel – Christian Focus Publications

We’ll post it here when we have had time to review it. On the granting of the indulgence of he returned to Dartmouth, and continued to officiate there even after the liberty to do so was withdrawn. After opening the book by discussing the heart, and what he intends by “keeping” it the majority of the book is given to admonitions tailored to specific seasons when this is necessary e.

I was impressed with his insight into the human spirit and humbled by what can become of a man who walks with God in repentence. Oct 23, Steve Hazell rated it really liked it. But here we are to take it more generally, for the whole soul, or inner man. He was instrumental in promoting the ‘Happy Union’ of Presbyterians and Congregationalists.

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We may as well be our flsvel 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. The teaching very much is “here is your sin, now obey by believing this. Is my heart being corrected as well? It was very strongly worded and harsh at times and ended up sounding quite legalistic. Hesrt advice is timeless, sensitive and profound. Because he will bring you to heaven by a nearer way than you are willing to go?