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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It is hard work but the most necessary work 1. Having received his early education at the schools of the neighbourhood, he entered University College, Oxford, at an early age, and gained a good reputation for talent and diligence.

The only reason I withheld a 5, is due to the monotony of the situations when the heart needs to be guarded.

When sufferings for religion are laid upon us Just before his death he acted as moderator at a meeting of dissenting ministers held at Topsham. The heart contrives, and the members yeart “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Survival and the main heaft of the day were at the forefront but today, we think about what we will wear, what restraunt we will eat, go on vacation. But the truth plainly to be said, this was the cause why they were afraid, least laymen should know their iniquity. Those who do not have the distractions we have today. An exhortation, “Keep thy heart with all diligence. To the people of God. Take heed that you overlook not the many precious mercies which the people of God enjoy amidst all their trouble.

Quick sighted self-jealousy is an excellent preservative from sin. I did not find him repetitious, rather I found each application flowed from a keen insight.


The ths of our our souls I love reading the insight of those long ago. Your own discontent is that which arms your troubles with a sting; you make your burden heavy by struggling under it. The teaching very much is “here is your sin, now obey by believing this. I think it has landed on my books to mostly strongly recommend list.

Keeping the Heart: How to maintain your love for God by John Flavel – Christian Focus Publications

This book rocked my world. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When the soul is intent upon any work, it gathers in its strength and bends all its thoughts to that work; and when it is deeply affected, it will pursue its object with intenseness, the affections will gain an ascendancy over the thoughts and guide them.

Are you resolved upon it? If you indeed love the creature for itself; if you make it your end, and religion but a means, then the conclusion is lightly drawn against you. It’s very practical, and addresses as many facets as you can think of.

Layater on the text, will have the word taken from a besieged garrison, beset by many enemies with out, and in danger of being betrayed by treacherous citizens within, in which danger the soldiers, upon pain of death, are commanded to watch; and though the expression, Keep thy heart, seems to put it upon us as our work, yet it does not imply a sufficiency in us to do it.

How we understand grace comes from keeping our heart unto the Lord. When this is done, you may say, “now, world, do thy worst! The time of outward wants 6. But if you would prevent the recurrence of distracting thoughts, if you would find your happiness in the performance of duty, you must not only be careful that you engage in what is your duty, but labor with patient and persevering exertion to interest your feelings in it. This is a book that I intend to reread on a regular basis.

Keeping the Heart Quotes

After opening the book by discussing the heart, and what he intends by “keeping” it the majority of the book is given to admonitions tailored to specific seasons when this is necessary e.

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This is a wonderful short book on one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of Christian living. This is quite like a smaller version of Ryle’s “Holiness”.

Great short book of deep thought. This is John Flavel’s classic work on union and fellowship with God. O that I might see the time when professors shall not walk in a vain show; when they shall please themselves no more with a name to live, while they are spiritually dead; when they shall be no more a company of frothy, vain persons; but when holiness shall shine in their conversation, and awe the world, and command reverence from all that are around them; when they shall warm the heart of those who come near them, and cause it to be said, God is in these men of a truth.

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fkavel This list includes such circumstances as prosperity, adversity, when troubles assail the Church, public danger wars, etc. For this purpose, frequent ejaculations between stated and solemn duties are of most excellent use: It is a constant work. Worth working through again slowly and prayerfully. He died suddenly of paralysis at Exeter on 26 Juneand was buried in Dartmouth churchyard. The eye of God is, and the eye flzvel the Christian ought to be principally fixed upon it.

I probably took longer than I do on most Christian books because of the depth through-out. So then, if the heart err in its work, these must miscarry in theirs; for heart errors are like the errors of the first concoction, which cannot be rectified afterwards: Refresh and try again.

Reasons why this should be the great business of life.