Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23
What does it mean to guard your heart and how do you do it?
We are told to exercise, eat well and manage our stress. These are all important measures to care for our physical heart as we are regularly reminded by members of the medical profession. What does our Creator tell us about caring for our heart? For that, we’ll need to look into the Bible, his guidebook for living life.
Guarding your heart means to forgive others who may have hurt you…. to let go of any anger, bitterness and resentment toward another that you may have and to release their hurtful behavior or words they may have spoken to you to God.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. (Colossians 3:13)
It means being mindful of what you think about. Our minds and heart are intricately connected. What we think about affects our inner spirit and heart. The Bible tells us to think about things that are pure and right and heavenly.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. “Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)
Guarding our heart also means watching what we take into our minds. What we read and see over and over again will eventually make it’s way into our spiritual and emotional heart. Reading the Bible on a regular basis will help to get God’s truths into our inner being. This is healthy.
Decide to have a cheerful heart. By attending to your thoughts, forgiving others and daily reading the Bible and meditating on God’s truths, you can more easily have a cheerful mindset. This is health-promoting. (Proverbs 17:22)
I encourage you to be intentional in making these spiritual exercises part of your daily life. As they become habits, your heart will be healthier. God promises it.
Are you taking good care of your heart, especially your spiritual heart?
Prayer: Lord, I come to you today asking that you give me an attitude of gratitude. Help me look for ways to pray more, forgive more, and praise more. I make a conscious effort starting today, to make more allowances for other’s faults and be quicker to forgive where I otherwise would not. In Jesus Name, Amen.