by Sharman J. Monroe
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard,
for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
Your heart pumps life-giving blood through your body. If something is wrong with your heart, then blood doesn’t flow properly and have you health problems. Similarly, in the spiritual realm your heart is your core, your soul, your source of life-giving behavior. Whatever is present in your core will eventually show up in your life. Have you ever been around someone who was nice at first, but then the person became negative and mean for no apparent reason? What happened? The person’s true nature showed up. That negativity and meanness was always in their heart. It was their core and it eventually flowed out for all to see.
Guarding your heart is paramount in the Christian walk. We are surrounded by so much evil today — jealousy, envy, hatred, dissension, gossip, unforgiveness, vengefulness, anger and selfishness to name a few. We guard our hearts by not buying into the evil just because “everybody is doing it”. We guard our hearts by reading and meditating on the Word of God. We all slip into evil sometimes because we are human. The thing to do when this happens is to recognize it, immediately stop the behavior, ask God for forgiveness and immediately act, not according to how you feel, but according to the Word of God. For example, you and a coworker were vying for the same promotion and your coworker gets it. You become jealous and envious and angry. You recognize these feelings are contrary to God’s Word and stop before they escalate. You ask God for forgiveness and remember that God has good plans for you (Jer. 29:11) and He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalms 84:11). Is this always easy to do? No, but we can ask God to help us.