I love the Word of God! And I will tell you why…
I love that the words are God-breathed and that they have life. When I turn the pages, #Life is speaking back to me, beckoning me to encounter its truths. I read sundry versions of the Bible, my favourites being the Amplified and English Standard Version translations. However, there are times when I must return to my roots and dig into my dependable King James Version!
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 KJV
After speaking with my mentor about this topic and how she guards her heart and did so during her singleness before getting married, I was inspired and thought that I should share my thoughts on what I think it means to guard your heart.
Guarding our hearts is a concept and phrase that is traditionally overused yet misunderstood. I got out my lovely Dictionary, (I actually reached out my phone and went to do some digging) for a better understanding, and I discovered two important facets.
1. Keep Thy Heart
I find it intriguing that the KJV says to keep—not guard—your heart. Now, in order to keep something, you have to have first received it into your possession. Whatever is “kept” is something that was given to you. If we look in the verses before Proverbs 4:20-22, it reads:
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
We can see that there are things within our heart that should be kept, not just our emotional feelings alone. God wants us to keep His words hidden in our heart. Our hearts serve as the womb of the Word; just as an expectant mother would protect her stomach from external assault or carefully choose what food to consume, so must we be mindful of the Word we are carrying in our spiritual wombs.
2. Guard Your Emotions
Our spirit should be diligent, as the Bible says, in holding our hearts (emotions) in custody because of the evil tendencies of the heart escape, then there are no limits to the horrors that could occur. Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV) says,
Guarding our hearts has a lot to do with guarding our emotions under a watchful eye. The same intensity and seriousness we would approach guarding a serial killer is the same way we should keep our deceitful emotions away. If we allow our emotions to run rampant in our relationships, friendships, or businesses, we would wreak havoc that could cause mass destruction.
Does this mean we should never allow our emotions to be displayed? Not at all! God created our emotions. However, we should be intentional about allowing the Word (keep thy heart) to wash and cleanse our emotions until our heart is transformed to look like Jesus.
My prayer is that we will receive the Word, keep the Word, and use it to combat our ungodly emotional tendencies. May our deepest desires please Him. May He wreck us and make our hearts brand new. May He transform us and give us hearts like His. May His Holy Spirit control our emotions in every aspect. May our hearts be His home, in Jesus name.