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Faith Of Our Fathers Series


On the Guarding of the Heart


Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life (Prov. 4:23)

In the heart is the will; in the heart is love; in the heart is the mind-in the heart is the image of the divine Trinity.  The heart is the home of the Father, the altar of the Son and the workshop of the Holy Spirit.   God wants our hearts: Son, give Me thy heart.   Oh, my brother, above and beyond all else that you keep safe, guard your heart.  Let the mountains be overthrown and the seas dried up; let friends forsake you and riches betray you; let your body be eaten by worms; let the world pour on you all the scorn of which it is capable-and do not fear.  Only guard your heart; guard it and make it cleave to the Lord; give it into His keeping.  Life flows from the heart; but whence comes this life in the heart, unless it is the abode of the breath of the Lord and Source of life-God?

Oh, my brother, the Spirit of God Himself can, when He so desires, dwell in the human heart. He not only can, but wills to do so.  Only, He waits for you to prepare your heart for Him; to make it into a temple, for God the Holy Spirit only lives in a temple. As a snake protects its head, so, my son, guard your heart.  For the life that comes from the living God enters into it and flows forth from it.

 Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue from Ochrid


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