Guard Your Heart
Guarding your heart; I wonder if we really know what this means. You usually hear people say this when talking to someone about “relationships”.
The conversation goes something like this:
“I met someone and I am just not sure….”
or “They said they were sorry, but…”
To which the well intentioned, but often misinformed person will respond with:
“OK, but guard your heart.”
To guard your heart in the context well meaning friends advice, is to withhold forgiveness, acceptance, understanding, and love. You see, love is not love if it is given in limited measure, or with stipulations. To guard your heart in this manner is bondage. It is not perfection, and there is no freedom; only moments or cycles of feeling good, happy, contentment. Honestly, it is selfish and fearful.
The Bible says it this way, there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears is not made perfect in love.
The Bible has much to say about our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.
In the context of scripture, to keep our heart with all diligence is literally more than guarding it. It is to make sure it doesn’t get away (into wild imaginations and/or bitterness), and to keep it safe from attack (not closed to love, but protected from attacks of the enemy that will whisper lies and suspicions). In Hebrew, the heart is the location of knowledge and the preconscious source of decisions.
Your heart is who you truly are. If you want to test the health of your heart, or know who you truly are, then listen to the words that come from your mouth; out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Jesus said He gives us His peace. Now His peace is not like the world. The world can not offer us this kind of peace. His peace passes all understanding, and it is His promise to us no matter the circumstance. When you allow the Holy Spirit to move and operate in your heart, you will soon see that you do not have to keep your heart under lock and key, you will be FREE, to love like Jesus loves, forgive like Jesus forgives, live like Jesus lives, and trust the Father like Jesus does.
So how do you keep your heart? First, you need a new heart, and that can only come through a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.
- Repent. Stop (sinning) doing the stuff that stands between you and Jesus.
- Pray. Talk with Jesus. Be honest with Him about your feelings. Then Listen for Him to speak to you.
- Read your Bible. Don’t just read it for the sake of reading it, but study it. I recommend having a pen and pad handy to write down the things that come to your mind, this is a way the Holy Spirit speaks to you. Underline and study the verses that jump out at you.
- Meditate on His word. As you go about your day, think about what you read in the Bible. I like to journal and write down scripture that “jumps out” to me, and then I carry that journal in my bag and I read it throughout the day, or when I am at an appointment and waiting; keep it handy.
- Put into practice what you are learning from Scripture and your time with the Lord in prayer.
And that, my friend, is what it means to guard your heart. Consecrate your heart to God and you wont get tripped up in the worlds definition of guarding your heart. Now this is peace, real peace.
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