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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I love reading the insight of those long ago. To get thy heart broken for sin, while thou art confessing it; melted with free grace while thou art blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the apprehensions of Gods infinite holiness, and to keep thy heart in this frame, not only in, but after duty, will surely cost thee some groans and pains of soul” “He that would secure his heart from fear, must first secure the eternal interest of his soul in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Two things which consume the time and strength of professors.

Keeping the Heart (Puritan Classics)

In a comprehensive and helpful manner Flavel helps us understand better what ‘keeping the heart’ means. Jan 14, Matt Crawford rated it liked it. Indeed, if he had cut off his love, or discovenanted my soul, I had reason to be cast down; but this he hath not, he cannot do.

Did you but lie quietly under the hand of God, your condition would be much more easy than it is. Keeping our hearts is our daily duty and a sign of the true Christian. Finished reading this book on Valentine’s Day. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in its commands, its promises, its threatenings; let it be fixed in your understanding, your memory, your conscience, your affections.

The season of duty 7. This is real, solid, substantive encouragement, and Christians everywhere would benefit from Flavel’s unflinching perspective on their circumstances. On 17 Octoberafter examination and the preaching of a ‘trial sermon,’ he was ordained Mr.


This is a wonderful short book on one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of Christian living. It was 10 years before he was licenced to preach again, and then only in his own home.

Keeping the Heart Quotes by John Flavel

Exhortation to hearty engagedness in keeping the heart. Thank you for your comments. The middle of the This is a wonderful short book on one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of Christian living.

But here we are to take it more generally, for the whole soul, or inner man. I probably took longer than I do on most Christian books because of This is the first book I’ve read by Flavel but won’t be my last. So much meat here that a lifetime could be spent reading and re-reading this text. Until heart-work becomes the business of professors, I have no hope of seeing a time so blessed!

And may such a time be expected? The reason or motive quickening to this duty, is very forcible and weighty: I highlighted and marked many a statement from this book. You must learn to wield the sword of the S oh. That the crux of all Christian living is keeping the heart.

Lists with This Book. Keeping the heart in the time of Zion’s troubles. For this purpose, frequent ejaculations between stated and solemn duties are of most excellent use: It includes a constant and holy jealousy over our onto hearts. O that I might s John Flavel is a very readable Puritan. I think it has landed on my books to mostly strongly recommend list. But the truth plainly to be said, this was the cause why they were afraid, least laymen should know their iniquity.

An exhortation, “Keep thy heart with all diligence. Frequent observation of the frame of the heart.

Heart is not here taken properly, for that noble part of the body, which philosophers call “the first that lives, and the last that dies;” but by heart, in a metaphor, the scripture sometimes understands some particular noble faculty of the soul. When we are warned by sickness that our dissolution is at hand While sometimes it seems that he goes in the same direction on some issues, when you look at the overall outline you can see why this is a must read.


Great short book of deep thought.

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Are you resolved upon it? By this fear of the Lord it is that men depart from evil, shake off sloth, and preserve themselves from iniquity. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Reasons why this should be the great business of life.

If you want to examine your heart and understand when and how to guard it in various situations and times of life then nothing else can help you as much as Flavel’s writing. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The heart of man is his worst part before it be regenerated, and the best afterwards: I did not find him repetitious, rather I found each application flowed from a keen insight.

It includes the imposing of strong engagements upon ourselves to walk more carefully with God, and avoid the occasions whereby the heart may be induced to sin. Quick sighted self-jealousy is an excellent preservative from sin.

Does my heart speak like one? This book should probably be read by every Christian at least annually it’s short, you can read it in a couple of hours. If that divine unction, that spiritual fervour, and those holy impressions, which we obtain from God while engaged in the performance of one duty, were preserved to enliven and engage us in the performance of another, they would be of incalculable service to keep our hearts serious and devout. I saw that reading this. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.