“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it”
When I was dating Jonathan, my mentor and Pastor would often say these words “GUARD YOUR HEART”. I also heard it in my youth group or in other circles, mostly in reference to dating. However, it is not just for those who are dating but for everyone. Have you ever heard the verse and wondered what it meant?
It’s one of the most important proverbs and whether you are a Christian or not I’m sure you can see the importance of taking heed. The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, hundreds of wise advice [from a very wise man – Solomon] and yet this is the only one that says “ABOVE ALL ELSE.”
Of course we all know that the HEART being referred to in the verse is clearly not the organ that pumps blood throughout the body. Duh, right? Heart here speaks to the center of you, who you are as a person, that which drives you, it is what makes you passionate, what makes you you. Guard this more that your guard everything else.
See a reason to guard your heart yet?
What do you Guard Your Heart from?
Guarding your heart means that you’re very careful what you let in it: what desires you feed, what you focus on, what thoughts or feelings you dwell on. You should guard your hearts from anything that has the potential to influence, pollute or corrupt the way you think, speak or act. This includes people, (friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, family, etc) and things like, music, movies, lust, pride, envy, SIN. All of these have the potential to change our outlook and our heart.
Why Should You Guard Your Heart?
Since your heart is what makes you you then if your heart is not doing well, you’re not doing well. This means your relationships (friends, family, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc.), work, words, or actions, are not going to go well for you. EVERYTHING you do flows from it (your Heart).
If you a bad seed is sewn, the fruit it produces will be just as bad as the seed or worse. The same thing can apply to just about anything you feed into your heart, the good, the bad, or the in-between. Your heart is like a navigation device, Google Maps for example, whatever you put into it is where it’s going to lead you. You’ll end up somewhere you don’t want to be; addictions, harmful relationships, broken marriage, depressed or even in misery if you put in the wrong thing/s.
Most importantly, guarding your heart glorifies God.
How do You Guard Your Heart?
Be more cautious with the people/things you let in. Toooooo many times we get hurt because we allow people into in our lives who don’t mean us well. What’s even worse is that we often ignore the signs that are there.
In dating we sometimes get all tangled up and ignore every single sign that jumps out at us and we fall into the notion that LOVE IS BLIND. Check 1 Corinthians 13 if you want to know what Love is and I guarantee you will not find one verse which says love is blind. Love opens your eyes and shows you that you really do deserve better than you’re accepting. The world tells you to trust your heart, follow your heart or listen to your heart. However, the Bible doesn’t say to follow or listen to your heart; it says to inform your heart. Teach it what it should pursue.
The last four verses of Proverbs 4 gives us things to consider:
- Be careful what you talk about – Proverbs 4:24: “Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” What you say also feeds your heart.
- Be careful what you look at – Proverbs 4:25: “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” What are you watching?
- Be careful where you go – Proverbs 4:26: “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Sometimes, guarding your heart requires you to change your chill spots and your circle.
- Stay far from evil – Proverbs 4:27: “Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Good things can become evil when they become more important than God in our lives.
Guard your HEART well.