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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Flavel describes various conditions of life–from prosperity to persecution, from depression to seasons of blessing.

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Keeping the heart when sickness warns that death is near. Frequent observation of the frame of the heart. Flavel was convicting but also extremely helpful in showing how important it is that our heart be right with God, and not just everything else, and gives aids for doing so. Feb 10, Valerie Romero rated it really liked it Shelves: John Flavel addresses the great importance of why we need to keep our hearts, in what seasons we need to be most aware of keeping our hearts, and gives instruction in how to keep our hearts all based around Proverbs 4: Mar 11, Jeremiah Tan rated it it was amazing.


I love reading the insight of those long ago. His writings, when collected in the 19th century, filled 6 volumes. Keeping the heart in the season of duty.

Keeping the Heart by John Flavel

It was very strongly worded and harsh at times and ended up sounding quite legalistic. So much of the matter of the duty. How to keep the heart “1. Until heart-work becomes the business of professors, I have no hope of seeing a time so blessed! It is easy to speak like a Christian. In what words could the abhorrence of the creature’s actions be more fully expressed by the holy God? You must call yourself frequently to an account; examine yourself as in the presence of the all seeing God; bring your conscience, as it were, to the bar of neart.

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Or like the misplacing and inverting of the stamps and letters in the press, which must cause so many errata in all the copies that are printed.

He finds no rest but in restless hearts. He kept as near it, however, as possible, removing to Slapton, five miles off, and there preached twice each Sunday to tlavel who came, among whom were many of his old parishioners.

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Tremendous book on keeping the heart focused on Christ. Who flael more for you than he will do for thousands in the world upon whom he will not lay a rod or dispense an affliction to them for their good?

To get rlavel 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 t “Heart work is hard work indeed.


What though he meant it for evil? The text is littered with references to Scripture, and it is on this rock heary Flavel builds his arguments and exhortations.

Just before his death he acted as moderator at a meeting of dissenting ministers held at Topsham. The time of outward wants 6. Jun 19, Guy Lancour rated it really liked it.

Flavel’s writings are known for their practical nature. Keeping the heart in the time of danger and public distraction.

Flavel admonishes hypocrites those who do not keep the heart, but only pr Possibly my favorite Flavel work so far. Prayer and the heart are meant to be together. For this purpose, frequent ejaculations between stated and solemn duties are of most excellent use: More devotional that some of Puritan John Flavel’s other works. Flavel avoids the temptation to offer empty comfort or platitudes–his words are based on reality and Scripture, not warm, fuzzy feelings.

I was impressed with his insight into the human spirit and humbled by what can become of a man who walks with God in repentence.