The Bible says, “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones” (Proverbs 14:30 KJV). (Also Proverbs 16:24, 17:22).
Most people including Christians haven’t the slightest idea how the state of the heart (the inner man) affects (influences) the overall health of the body.
The psyche is the soul, mind, the actual being that’s living in the tabernacle called the body. If the heart is sound, or in other words, content, then the joy of the contented spirit will sustain the health of the body.
This psyche can be unsound because it’s wounded, or under the incrimination of the conscience.
When the heart’s sick because of envy, hatred, malice, bitterness, or any number of other diseases of the soul the body is directly affected and can become sick.
When we are covetous, or have been hurt or wronged in some way and are unwilling to be content, or forgive, but allow instead a vengeful spirit to reside in our heart, we are then embracing those things that will begin to destroy our physical health and are hurting no one but ourselves.
If we don’t release these things once they’re discovered and put them under the blood of Jesus and leave everything in His hands, we will sooner or later begin to see the deterioration of our physical health. They will, little by little, begin to eat away at our physical well-being.
Worry, anxiety and fear are killers. We can worry ourselves sick or to death. Constant worry can cause high blood pressure which will lead to heart attack or stroke.
Envy, according to our text, which is a spirit of covetousness and discontent, never being satisfied because we see others have more than we do, affects the very core of our physical being; the bones. And it’s out of the red bone marrow that blood cells are produced that make up our physical body.
Our physical health begins to deteriorate and the immune system weakens and organs start failing because of some disease that the spiritual man has. We have a sick body, but the real problem is a sick heart or mind.
Solomon tells us that the fear of the Lord and living holy will inevitably give us good health. “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8). Good health is enjoyed by walking in fellowship with God.
The Bible tells us to guard our heart or inner most being against sinful diseases, “Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23 KJV). According to the Bible our thinking is done in the heart (Hebrews 4:12 et al), is the source of our memory, (Luke 2:19; Psalms 119:11.) (See also Luke 1:65-66; 2:51; 16:25; 21:14). Words are conceived in the heart, (Luke 6:45; Job 8:10). Our imagination is centered in the heart, (Jeremiah 3:17, 7:24, 9:14, 11:8, 13:10). Sins originate in the heart, (Matthew 15:19). In other words, everything physical has a spiritual source and comes out of our psyche. The emotions are the activities of the heart that we choose to feel. Hate and love are emotions that come from our inner most being that we choose to embrace and express.
The brain is a physical organ that bridges the gap between the inner spiritual man and the outer physical man. It’s an organ of matter into which we secrete all the spiritual powers of our inner man and have them articulated and transformed into physical actions through our nervous system. And whatever state of health our psyche is in travels this same route and affects our physique.
James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.