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Guarding Our Hearts

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Proverbs 4:23 highlights the critical importance of maintaining a pure and well-protected heart, as it fundamentally influences all aspects of one’s life and behavior.

The heart is depicted as the source from which all actions and behaviors flow. This implies that the state of one’s heart influences every aspect of their life, including thoughts, emotions, decisions, and actions.

The heart, in biblical terms, often represents the inner life of a person, including their thoughts, feelings, desires, and will. Guarding the heart means paying careful attention to these inner aspects and ensuring they remain pure and aligned with godly principles.

The term “guard” suggests the need for vigilance and proactive protection. This means being aware of influences, thoughts, and behaviors that can corrupt or harm the heart.

Protecting the heart involves maintaining moral integrity and avoiding temptations that can lead to sinful or destructive behavior. It’s about nurturing virtues such as love, honesty, purity, and wisdom.

Guarding the heart is an ongoing process that requires continuous self-examination, prayer, and reliance on God’s guidance and strength.

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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