“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (KJV)
There are many people walking around in this world who have been told by their physicians that they have weak or failing hearts. Some of us have had different types of surgery for their heart from stentz placed in arteries of their heart to what is called “Open heart” surgery. The “Strong heart” of which I title this does not refer to the physical heart, but to the inner individual.
“…We faint not” has much to do with having “A Strong Heart”. The man or woman of God; every Christian; must be committed to being faithful to God and His Word. That is what Paul the apostle is speaking of. From the time we become a follower of Jesus Christ we “Renounce the hidden things of dishonesty”; these are the sins of our past. We have repented, and our lives are changed.
It is a mark of the Christian, too, that we not use tricks, or deceit when it comes to the word of God. One of the things that angers me is the way I see many a Christian leader using emotion to entice “worship”; then people walk away thinking they have been in the presence of God; they go out the doors of the Church or the stadium, and their lives are left unchanged. Nothing wrong with emotion if it is not manipulated by deceit and the mishandling of God’s Word. Be careful Christian that you do not let wrong handling of the word of God lead you astray.
The truth will be all the commendation one needs. Know the truth. Keep your heart for God strong.