“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil.” - Proverbs 4:23-27
Do you ever find yourself controlled by your circumstances of life? The book of Proverbs gives wisdom for every area in our journey. And at the center of it is our heart. The world competes for it. The world tries to manipulate it and ultimately control it. But wisdom tells us we need to guard it. How do we do that? We begin by considering everything we say. We protect our eyes from what we shouldn’t see. And then we give careful attention to what we think about (Psalm 19:14). Jesus explained how important influences are to the heart when He said,
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” - Luke 6:45
Jesus taught that, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”(Matthew 6:21). This means, in light of Luke 6:45, that our heart’s condition will inevitably spill out into our lives. Therefore, what we allow in our life impacts the condition of our heart, and our words will always reflect where our heart is. Because of this, it’s important we pay intentional, purposeful attention to what we allow to influence our lives. We tend to think that we only need to be on guard or on our best behavior when we are at church, but in reality that’s a fraction of our time in any given week. As followers of Jesus, we are to live our lives moment-by-moment to bring glory and honor to Him, and one of the ways we seek to do that is by protecting our heart.
In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:
- Consider what you have been reflecting on; does it bring God glory? See 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Consider how you’ve been speaking; does it honor God and those around you? See Ephesians 4:29
- Consider what your eyes focus on; does it reflect the love relationship you have with Jesus? See Psalm 119:37