Proverbs 4:23 – Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life
The above passage is a passage that we have all heard of and it’s one that we are told to remember as well but do we really take hold it. When we hear the guard we instantly think of shutting everyone off and guarding from the front but in essence that is not what it is detailing here.
So, Guard your heart, let’s break it down. As a security officer, one of our main duties is to guard the premises so that means controlling who comes in and out 24/7. If anyone in the building is unaccounted for we would go and secure the building and make sure that nobody is on site. We would also check access points such as doors, windows and exit gates and make sure they also manned too. So when we look at guarding our heart, we can say that we should pay close attention to who or what we allow access to us. Letting in the wrong people can be very toxic and very dangerous.
On a daily basis we go and check various points throughout the day, we patrol and actively do our rounds. It’s a very important aspect of the job so we can secure it. When we look at guarding our heart, we can say that we should pay close attention to who or what we allow access to us. Letting in the wrong people can be very toxic and very dangerous.
Your heart is the main point where everything from and when it’s attacked it is very dangerous. The heart can pick up different diseases and infections and if we don’t check the heart regular it can be very costly. When the heart stops, the body then dies
Ephesians 4:31–32 instructs, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” When we fill our heart with these things, our hearts can be really poisonous and evil.
Guarding your heart also protecting the inner core of your person so this includes your thoughts, feelings, desires and the choices that we make. All these determine who he/she is and who they really are. The mind of a man reflects who he really is, not simply his actions or words. That is why God examines the heart of a man, not simply his outward appearance and what he appears to be.
So, how do you guard your heart?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). Dwelling on these things will help to build a guard and fence around our hearts.
Now, notice that Proverbs 4 doesn’t say to lock your heart or to barricade your heart, it says it to guard your heart. Be observant, be alert 24/7. The reason we say this is because the enemy is always prowling on the outside and is looking for a way in. He is looking for a pathway so it’s of high importance that we are observant to what happens on a daily basis.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[a]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same ([b]identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
Guarding your heart is so important, our whole life depends on it.
Be blessed always. We pray that God will give you the wisdom and discernment to guard your heart all times.