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The Problem of the Heart

February 15, 2011

The Heart of the Problem is the Problem of the Heart

The heart is the foundation of behavior. When our children sinfully express themselves, whether it be in the form of selfishness, disobeying, talking back, throwing temper tantrums, or taking swings at us or their sibling, they are drawing from what is in their hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” The heart is the well from which all of the responses to life gush forth. The behavior a person exhibits is an expression of the overflow of the heart. To put it simply, the heart determines behavior.

J.C. Ryle says, “The mother cannot tell what her tender infant may grow up to be, tall, short, weak, or strong, wise or foolish: he may be any of these or not, it is all uncertain. But one thing the mother can say with certainty: he will have a corrupt and sinful heart.”

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