Medical doctors often utilize a test called an electrocardiogram (EKG) to determine the health of the physical heart.
This test is used to detect problems such as heart attacks, heart disease, and other heart health issues.
The EKG has proven to be a valuable tool in determining how well the heart is working.
While the health of our physical heart is indeed important; the well being of our “hidden” heart is equally, if not more, important. I’m referring to the heart that cannot be seen with the aid of medical technology. I’m speaking of that inner, invisible part of every human.
Many things reside within this hidden heart. Thoughts, desire, reasoning, understanding and intentions are just a few of the forces that occupy that space. God considers the heart to be a storehouse out of which a man brings forth words. The Bible states that, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35 NKJ)
If the condition of the heart determines whether the words we speak are good or evil, then we should take the time to examine our heart. Let’s be honest. Life is hard on the heart. Throughout life, we are forced to deal with things that often hurt us. Emotional wounds, insecurities, and disappointments are just a few of the toxins that can infect the heart.
Over time, we develop habits and protective maneuvers to lessen the power of these negative forces. Often, however, the poisonous residue left behind by life’s painful experiences become venom that we spew onto others and ourselves. Because our thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions pour forth from our heart daily, this venom easily finds release. It is vital that we identify the toxic waste in our heart and do something to remove it.
Let’s be honest. We know when we’re being unkind, judgmental, selfish, and unpleasant. When these behaviors manifest, it is wise to acknowledge it. Then, we should examine our heart. Sometimes, however, performing a self diagnostic on our own heart can be difficult. We don’t always know or recognize the true cause of the problem. We don’t always know why we’re behaving badly. Psalms tells us that God knows the secrets of the heart. So, why not ask God to reveal the secrets we’ve allowed to reside within us. Take the time to ask, “God, why do I behave like this? Why do I say things like that? Why do I respond this way?” A simple conversation with God can reveal a lot.
Once you identify the reason behind a behavior, find out what the word of God has to say about it. Spend time searching and reading His word. Just a few minutes of focused study can reveal solutions that will remove the toxins and strengthen the “hidden” heart of man.