Recently, I attended a presentation on heart attack prevention. The speaker reminded us to make healthy lifestyle choices that help reduce the risks of having a heart attack. We were told that not smoking, eating the right foods, maintaining a proper weight, reducing and managing stress, and participating in physical activities can contribute to a healthy heart.
In Proverbs we find some instruction can make us spiritually healthy (Proverbs 4:23):
Keep your mouth right (Proverbs 4:24). Our Lord says, “Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Matthew 12:34-37). Our words should be godly (2 Timothy 2:16), wholesome and encouraging (Ephesians 4:29), gracious and attractive (Colossians 4:6). This means speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
Keep your eyes right (Proverbs 4:25). The eyes are the most influential parts of the body. What the eyes see, the heart wants (Genesis 3:6; Matthew 5:28). Keeping our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2) will overcome our “craving for everything we see” (1 John 2:16).
Keep your ears right (Proverbs 4:20-22, 5:1-2). Listen carefully to God’s Word. Let God’s Word penetrate deep into your heart (Proverbs 5:21), and you will live (Proverbs 4:4). For God’s words are “life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body” (Proverbs 4:22 NIV; John 6:68).
Keep your feet right (Proverbs 4:26-27). Be careful where you walk (Proverbs 4:11-15), with whom you walk (Proverbs 2:20), and how you walk (Jeremiah 6:16). Walk as Jesus did (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6), led by His Spirit (Galatians 5:16,25), in light (1 John 1:7), in love, in obedience (2 John 1:6), and in truth (3 John 1:3-4).
Choose to avoid the risks that lead to spiritual sickness. Use your mouth, eyes, ears, and feet to pursue a healthy lifestyle in Jesus today.
What lifestyle choices should you make for a healthier spiritual life? How does Jesus’s example help you live a healthy life?
Taken from “Our Daily Journey”