Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Solomon in all of his wisdom warned us that above everything else we need to guard our hearts. Later Jesus spoke of the heart and what comes out of it; “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:19 NIV The reason such things as these come out of the heart is because we don't guard our heart as we should and we allow these things to come into it. Jesus also said; “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:13 NIV
It is absolutely important that we take care as to what we allow to take up space in our heart. Because whatever we allow to fill our heart will over flow from it. If it is good, good will flow. If evil, evil will flow. We must be cognizant of what we are absorbing day in and day out.
Paul in his letter to the Philippian church said this; “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 These are the things we are to meditate on and allow to fill our heart. True, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, quite the list of things that are good for us to think about. But, how many of us truly spend enough time thinking about theses things?
Today, listen the words that come out of your mouth and the thoughts of your heart and judge yourself. Are there things you need to change? What is pouring forth from your heart today? Is it good or is it evil?
Guard your heart and your thoughts will reflect the light you allow into it.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman