Guard your heart. Itâ€™s from the Bible verse, Proverbs 4:23.
Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
The subject of my book, The Wellspring of Life. The verse came to me several years ago through a sermon delivered at a church I didnâ€™t normally attend. It was timely, immediately following one of the most challenging weeks one could imagine. And the message came with an overwhelming feeling of peace. Very surreal. I can only attribute it to God.
So Iâ€™ve been stuck on this topic ever since. And, I think this is a message for everybody.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Whoâ€™s heart are we talking about? I think God is referring to all of us.
Think youâ€™re exempt?
Read Matthew 15:19 – For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Still wondering if this isnâ€™t for you? Sure, I wouldnâ€™t approach some of the overflows of the heart mentioned above, even under the most tempting circumstances. But havenâ€™t we all had a derogatory thought once in a while? Or talked badly about such and so?
Good. Glad to hear youâ€™re onboard with this one.
And the â€œwho can know itâ€ part from the Jeremiah verse? I think itâ€™s a reminder of how deceitful our hearts can be.
Can you go a week without something from the Matthew 15:19 list showing up? I think the evil one has something for everybody here.
The Bible calls us to guard the heart because itâ€™s incurably sick when left unattended.
Thoughts vs. words. The preceding verse says that the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart and that these things defile a man.
Defileâ€¦ to shame, tarnish, degrade, dishonor and disgrace us.
So thatâ€™s what our heart does for us?
It doesnâ€™t have to be this wayâ€¦ thatâ€™s why we have to â€œguard the heart!â€
Be vigilant about it.
Change the thought before it’s spoken as a word. This will change your heart. That’s guarding your heart. (Click to Tweet)
Itâ€™s an ongoing thingâ€¦