He was the son of Richard Flavel, a minister who died of the plague in while in prison for nonconformity. In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his On Keeping the Heart. On Keeping the Heart is a discourse upon Proverbs , “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Flavel intended this treatise for the. 16 quotes from Keeping the Heart: ‘Providence is like a curious piece of tapestry made of a thousand shreds, which, single, appear useless, but put toget.

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Keeping the Heart by John Flavel

Flavel gives us deeply powerful ammunition in our fight for holiness. The hour of temptation We are as able to stop the sun in its course, or to make the rivers run backward, as by our own skill and power to rule and order our hearts.

Thank you for your comments. Although I enjoyed this book as a whole, I particularly appreciated the opening few chapters and the final chapter which assess the why question.

You must call yourself frequently to an account; examine yourself as in the presence of the all flxvel God; bring your conscience, as it were, to the bar of judgment. Flavel avoids the temptation to offer empty comfort or platitudes–his words are based on reality and Scripture, not warm, fuzzy feelings. Definitely read this short book, but prepare for the knife. Open Preview See a Problem?

What the tue is to the body, that the soul is to the man; and what health is to the heart, that holiness is to the soul. The part of this book that was most helpful was the 3rd chapter, in which Flavel examines several of the most challenging seasons that the Christian encounters throughout his life.


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That aside, this book will help believers who desire to love God –in their hearts. Return to Book Page. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. I leave you with Flavels summation of his intent in the book. Keeping the heart when we receive injuries and abuses from men. Keeping the heart when sufferings for religion are laid upon us. What though he meant it for evil?

Whatever your issue, there’s an app for that. The following words inform us, “their soul delighteth in their abominations. Keeping the heart in the time of Zion’s troubles.

This book rocked my world. Very insightful and thorough. I can’t recommend this book enough to any Christian who wants to grow in their love of Christ and purity of heart.

Flavel, a puritan, is trying to get the christian to understand that of the many issues we face, keeping the heart protected, and directed toward God and his gospel message is most important. This is an easy to read, helpful book by an excellent author. Keepimg was instrumental in promoting the ‘Happy Union’ of Presbyterians and Congregationalists. The state of the whole body depends upon the soundness and vigour of the heart; and the everlasting state of the whole man upon the good or ill condition of the soul.

The greatest difficulty in conversion, is, to win the heart to God; and the greatest difficulty after conversion, is, to keep the heart with God.


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The reason or motive quickening to this duty, is very forcible and weighty: It showed me how distracted my heart is, and how prone I am to wander. A 15th century Apology written by an English Lollard. He promises only what Scripture promises, and no more. Flavel was convicting tje also extremely helpful in showing how important it hearf that our heart be right with God, and not just everything else, and gives aids for doing so.

Infused with Scripture and presented in a direct, straight-forward manner, Flavel zeroes in on what should be one of the key focuses of a Christian – that of keeping one’s heart with all diligence. As with most Puritans, his writing is very vivid and penetrating. So much of the matter of the duty.

Flavel shows how at the center of everything we do, is our heart. Direction and help in this great work, are the scope and run of the dlavel When receiving injuries and abuses from men 8. Just before his death he acted as moderator at a meeting of dissenting ministers held at Topsham. The wide range of ‘seasons’ covered was particularly helpful as was the last chapter heaet ‘improving and applying the subject’.

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