Guard The Heart
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov. 4:23).
This month there is much focus on the heart. Heart conditions and heart attacks are the number one cause of death in America. We can decrease this epidemic by adjusting our diets and through exercise. Simply by getting rid of the salt and taking a thirty minute walk daily can decrease the risk of a heart attack. For more information on steps you can take to lower your risk I suggest you check out the American Heart Association website – http://www.heart.org.
This month is also the month of Valentines Day. This focuses our attention on the risk of heartbreak and heartaches. This proverb provides for us the key to emotional and spiritual heart health. The wisdom writer says that the heart is the source and spring for all the energies of life. And, we are instructed to “guard the heart.”
What does it mean to guard the heart? Guarding the heart, as Gordon McDonald suggests, is a “deliberate and disciplined choice a man or woman must make to protect the heart from influences outside itself that might jeopardize its integrity.” When we open our hearts to individuals or influences that bring into question our integrity, we establish the perfect conditions for heartache and heartbreak. The most important question we need to ask in relationships is this: does this build me or bound me? or does this give me peace or pain?
This week I pray that the Holy Spirit will instruct us to make the deliberate and disciplined choice to protect our hearts from influences that might jeopardize our integrity. In doing so we can lower the risk of not only heart attacks; but also heartaches.