June 6, 2012
When something is "kept" it is retained or observed. In being retained, that may take on the form of being possessed (held dearly), stored up (held in reserve or stashed away someplace), or safe guarded. In being observed, that may take on the form of being continued (followed through with), fulfilled (done), or maintained (kept up).
When we have "kept" something in mind it has not been forgotten. When something has been "kept" in THE HEART, it has been cherished and held dear. Whatever that might be, our life actions will be carried out in a manner reflecting the attachment. What does our life reveal?
Solomon urged. . .
"(1) My son, do not forget my teaching, but LET YOUR HEART KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, (2) for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." ( Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV)
There can be outward obedience without the real desire within. It is possible to keep laws simply for the reason of not wanting to get into trouble. Therefore, if a situation arises where one thinks a transgression may go undetected, the law might be disobeyed. When THE HEART is properly involved it is much easier to follow through with consistency.
Outward conformity to the Will of God begins with the transforming of THE HEART within. If THE HEART is keeping His commands, the life will most likely be following through in them. And as Solomon noted the adding of "length of days and years of life and peace", there is a sense in which true life is added to however many years we may have. This then provides peace of mind in a genuine HEART RELATIONSHIP with the Father. May we TAKE TO HEART God's commands so as to be "kept" in mind so they will be "kept" as our life practice that our life will be "kept" in His Way.
Have a great day MAINTAINING A HEART OPEN TO GOD'S CALL FOR ACTION!
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