“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).
When we read God’s instruction to guard our hearts, many have taken the scripture to mean something that God has never intended. Because we have been hurt, we guard our hearts by building walls and not letting people get too close. We keep people at a distance as we put one hand over our heart and stick one hand out to avoid being hurt again. “No one will ever do that to me again,” we say.
To guard the way God intended is to protect something from entering and prevent something from escaping. God wants us to protect our hearts from anything that can come in and contaminate our soul and ruin our life: offense, bitterness, unbelief, pride, etc. All the bad stuff. He also gives us the responsibility to guard our hearts by keeping His Word hidden in our hearts. Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (see John 14:21)
Many are wondering why they aren’t seeing great manifestations of God’s glory in their lives, and it is because they have chosen to shut people out of their hearts. God wants us to keep the love in and keep the enemy out. Shut out the devil! Guard your heart from him and his ways of operating. Pray for a heart that loves like God loves. It is God’s responsibility to be your Shield and your Defense. If you trust Him…I mean really trust Him…you won’t go wrong. God wants to heal your heart and teach you how to love again.
Prayer: Father, I receive Your wisdom and Your correction. Forgive me. I’ve built walls and have kept people at a distance. You are rich in mercy and Your love is everlasting. Show me how to love that way. Be my Shield and my Defense and give me wisdom. I can’t protect my heart from getting hurt. All I can do is put my trust and confidence in you. I pray that You will destroy every root of offense and bitterness in me and heal my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.