The Bible’s definition is much broader than the contemporary – it’s the inner self that thinks, feels, and decides.
…the heart is that which is central to a man.
In Proverbs 4:23 it says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the Wellspring of Life.”
The word, “Wellspring” means constant source and supply.
So, looking at the verse again it can be read, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the [constant sources and supply] of [your] Life.”
Another translation says, “guard your heart, for out of it flows the issues of life (JUB).”
Has this ever happened to you?
You’re on your way home from work when suddenly, you get cut off in traffic! Instantly, you are overcome by anger, and you find yourself lashing out at your spouse or kids after you get home.
This is a prime example of how, if not guarded, we can allow anger (or anything for that matter) to penetrate our heart and it unintentionally affects other areas of our lives.
WHY is it important to guard our heart?
Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things…” so guarding our heart is a way to keep it in check, so to speak.
Our heart is valuable and constantly under attack, which is why the Bible clearly states we must guard it. What we allow in our hearts will be reflected through our words and actions towards others.
This is an intentional daily act that shapes the very core of who we are, allowing us to make wise decisions and overcome temptation.
How do we guard our heart?
- Be aware
- Guard your gates
- Be mindful of who you associate with.
I want to challenge you today, don’t let your guard down…
“Above all else, guard your heart…”.