Modern medicine shows that people can die of a broken heart. Conversely, people who are barely hanging on by a thread can will themselves to live. The heart has great power in us.
Duane Sheriff, pastor of Victory Life Church in Durant, Oklahoma, said every issue of your life—good or bad—comes from your heart.
If you hate somebody or have a problem forgiving somebody, it’s not because of that person or anything he or she does. It is because of the pinched, angry, hurt, and/or fearful condition of your heart.
If you keep getting into arguments with your husband or wife, or if you can’t stand your kids, it is because of your heart. On the other hand, if you get along with people and love your spouse and kids, that too is a result of your heart condition.
Your reaction to other people and to situations in your life are choices you make.
He took this idea further, saying we had best take care to keep our hearts cheerful and peaceful, and we can by choosing to do so. We can live in peace and harmony with other people by wanting to and choosing that lifestyle. These choices are easy if God lives there—in the heart. Your heart is the source of all your choices, all your issues. What you choose to put there determines the flow of your life.
He quoted Proverbs 4:
My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man's whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.