Guard Your Heart
One of our Short Devotions
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What does it mean to guard your heart? We use the word heart is so many different ways.
he has no heart
put your heart in it
she stole my heart
I love you with all my heart
the heart of the matter
don't be half-hearted
I know that by heart
In the Bible, Solomon used the word heart many times:
70 times in Proverbs
25 times in Ecclesiastes
11 times in Song of Solomon
One of my favorite heart verses is Proverbs 4:23:
Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
In the verses following, Solomon explains how to protect our hearts. In short he teaches us to watch our mouth, eyes and feet. This means that we should carefully guard what we say, what we look at and where we go.
Proverbs 4:24 says, Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk from your lips.
The sins of the tongue hurt the one who speaks. They do not help the one who hears them and they injure the one of whom they are spoken. The mouth is to the heart what a printer is to a computer. It is always best to view your words before you print them.
Proverbs 4:25 says, Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Many distractions enter our heart through our eyes. We start looking at something else or someone else and before long we are emotionally involved. Strong emotions usually block rational thinking.
Proverbs 4:26 says, Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Nothing engages your soul like the choice to go somewhere. The very decision to go anywhere reveals that there is something we want.
Many times we learn about the poor judgment of others and we wonder, "What were they doing there in the first place?" When we are tempted to think that no one will know, remember this:
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For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths (Proverbs 5:21).
Time for Review
Take some time to review these three areas of your life:
what you say
what you see
where you go
See if the choices you make are hurting or helping your heart. Jesus wants us to love the Lord our God with all our heart.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).
Discussion questions for your small group or Sunday School class.
1. How does guarding your mouth help keep your heart pure?
2. How does guarding your eyes help keep your heart pure?
3. How does guarding your feet help keep your heart pure?
4. Which of the three is more challenging to you?
5. What choices will you make this week in order to guard your heart?
6. What is your best advice to others to help them guard their heart?
Author - Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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