“ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART, FOR IT IS THE WELLSPRING OF LIFE.”
How do I do that? What does this mean, Lord?
We are paying attention to our hearts this month of February, because of the awareness of heart disease in men and women. We wear red to make a statement that we are supporting the research being done. And…we have Valentine’s Day which stirs up the emotions in our “love” heart. Our hearts are fragile, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.
But how do we keep our hearts soft and guarded spiritually, which is the most important of all?
The scriptures tell us that God knows the thoughts and motives of our heart. There’s no way to hide that from God.
In II Chronicles 36:3 we read that Zedekiah, who was only 21 years old when he became king and ruled Jerusalem, became stiffnecked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD. Also the Apostle Paul was speaking to the Romans (8:5) about their stubbornness and unrepentant hearts.
Proverbs 16:2 “All of man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”
Oh wow…..I don’t want to have an unrepentant heart, do you? I know my sins that are ever before me, but I also know that God has promised to forgive my sins through the shed blood of Christ when I have a repentant heart.
I have Psalm 139:23 written on a card and taped to my bathroom mirror, so as I am “prettying” my hair and face, (which takes a little longer these days!) I am reminded that what’s really important is what is on the inside. So I ask God to search my heart and see if there is any offensive way in me, and to lead me in the way everlasting. Most of the time I need to make an attitude adjustment!
When you stay in fellowship with God you have peace that there will be “no fear of bad news and your heart will be steadfast because you trust in the LORD”.
Philippians 4:7 says, “the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.
So….obviously our minds are connected to the attitude of our hearts.
HOW DO WE GUARD OUR MINDS?
Well, my years of life experience says….be careful who you hang-out with, what you see and what you hear. Notice how your thought processes change little by little, and make an effort to rein in those thoughts and motives that in time will begin to harden your spiritual heart.
Jesus said, “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Stay in the Word of God that pierces the heart with truth. Truth hurts sometimes….but that’s OK because the final outcome is a beautiful, repentant, soft hearted you.
NOW, THAT’S A HAPPY HEART!!!
So….here’s to our hearts. May they keep receptive to the plan of God for our lives…GUARDED by our desire to be all that He has called us to be.