Ellen, a friend who is in her 40's, was recently driving to work when she suddenly felt an overwhelming chest pain. Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack, she drove herself to a nearby hospital, where her fears were confirmed.
After her surgery, her doctor said that she was one of the “lucky” ones. She had suffered and survived the type of heart attack that he called a “widow maker.”
Now there's another type of hidden killer, but instead of attacking the body, it strikes the soul. We are told in Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”
What are the symptoms of this type of heart disease? Discontentment … self-righteousness … bitterness … envy … if the initial signs are ignored, the ultimate result may be death – of a relationship, a marriage, a family.
The older I get the more I realize that my heart needs daily examination.
Although I'm a Christian, I naturally lean more toward sin and my heart is proud. Psalm 101:2b admonishes, “I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.”
If you're like me, it may be time for a “heart” check-up. Here are ten questions that I want to regularly ask myself, to be sure that I have a healthy heart:
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