Why Do You Need to Guard Your Heart?
Jesus said in Luke 6:45 that “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Our heart then is like a treasure box. Whatever we place inside and allow to be placed inside will be our treasure and every time we open this treasure box or someone else opens the treasure box of our heart, there one could find good and evil things.
Everything that is happening inside our heart is not the doings of others but us. Although it may seem like it is the evil people surrounding you who are causing hurts, pain, discomfort and such, by allowing these things to affect us is our own decision. And we cannot blame them or God for it because the Bible is clear in instructing us to guard our heart (see Proverbs 4:23).
And guarding our heart is a major thing in life for an unguarded heart will not only affect you spiritually, emotionally but even physically causing sicknesses that could put your life in danger because of bitterness, worries, pain, unforgiveness, etc.
That is why as God’s people, we must always abide in His Words and meditate upon them day and night. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people “are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” When we lack knowledge about the Word of God, on seeking first the things of God’s Kingdom, then our hearts will be prone to the scars and damages caused by the world.
When our mind dwells on worldly things and worldly thoughts and ideas most of the time, our spirit grows weak and our faith also weakens for it is only through “ hearing, and hearing by the word of God” that faith comes (Romans 10:17).
The Apostle Paul says that we are to put on the whole armor of God that we may be ready against the schemes of the devil for “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (See Ephesians 6:11-18). This is the real battle every believer face. And the shield of our faith is the Word of God. When God’s Word penetrates our mind, then nothing can move our hearts for whatever goes into the mind goes down to the heart.
Guarding your heart with God’s Word is a must. It is for your own sake. And remember that you are not alone in facing the hard battles of life that sometimes wound our heart so deep. God understands and he knows what’s going on in your life. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is your Protector and Keeper; thus you must yield to the Holy Spirit and in God’s Word daily. Seek Him first, His kingdom and righteousness more than any worldly activity that may seem fun for a while, for God’s Word is everlasting and He is worth it! You won’t ever regret putting God first in your life. He will not only protect your heart against the evil one but also give you an abundant and satisfying life.