The Bible says, ”The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9, 10 KJV)
“That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:20-23 KJV).
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).
Many, because they believe they were eating right, living right, and demonstrated a loving heart, wonder, “Why do I have this disease?”
Tell me this: Who knows the heart?
Disease reveals the spiritual state of the heart. It could reveal selfishness, vainness, unforgiveness, resentment, anger. Beyond that it could reveal that one is experiencing abuse or that they themselves are the abuser in some form. The state of the heart or the character revealed depends on the type of disease and the location of the disease.
Breast cancer, high blood pressure, heart conditions have been shown to reveal some form of spousal abuse or abuse from a significant intimate other. The abuse can be mental, verbal, and/or physical. Cancer (depending on the type) has also been shown to be associated with those who display selfishness and/or vain character traits.
“Stress has long been associated with cardiovascular health. Increased stress levels due to reactions to violence and abuse can elevate blood pressure and weaken the body’s ability to heal itself. Sustained levels of anxiety and disorders like PTSD that are commonly caused by escalating violence and abuse can wreak havoc on the heart. No one can exist in this type of environment and hope to remain healthy, let alone fend off cardiovascular disease or heart attack.”
“People who suffer from depression, hopelessness, or a pessimistic outlook are more likely than others to suffer heart attack and sudden heart death. They are more likely to develop conditions that increase heart risk, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and impaired heart rate.”
Many professed Christians are dying of such diseases. Yet, they profess living a godly lifestyle. They profess being filled with the Spirit of God. While it is not one’s job to condemn or to judge, with permission, help may be offered to examine another’s heart (mind) and ascertain the cause. The goal would be to then correct wrong dietary and/or lifestyle habits and apply an appropriate remedy.
More often than not, sin is in the heart and is at the root of all disease. When God permits, it is only to those with divine discernment is it revealed. Those who know the person well and have seen or been the victim of the abuse know all too well the double life, the double standard. They live the abuse behind closed doors. There, anger and resentment boil just beneath the surface. Conflict and confusion stir the pot of unforgiveness and unforgivenness. Because they are unwilling to forgive, they cannot find forgiveness for themselves. Thus they remain in a state of unforgiveness and unforgivenness.
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 KJV).
Know this. The principle of sin leading to disease and death begins in the heart. It begins with what one thinks—thoughts in the heart, of the mind.
(For further study, read Matthew 5:28 first, and then verses 27-48.).
The just shall live by faith.