“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23a)
Ah, the “heart“… that is where our problems lie, is it not?
The heart here represents your ethical center, your intellectual center: What you think, what is going on with your will, your perceptions of yourself and your knowledge of God.
The condition of your heart is critical because what goes on there determines the course of your life.
So… guard what is happening in your HEART with all diligence.
Picture your physical heart pumping blood through the arteries to the extremities of the body. The health of the heart determines the health of the body.
So it is with your spiritual heart. What goes on there affects all the extremities of your life.
Want to keep your heart pure? Then check your ACTIONS in three areas:
1. Your speech:
“Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious lips far from you.” (Proverbs 4:24)
QUESTION: Is your speech truthful? Straightforward?… Or misleading?
2. Your eyes:
“Let your eyes look directly ahead, and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.” (Proverbs 4:5)
QUESTION: Are you looking only at things that enhance your mind and your morals?
… Or do you have wandering eyes?
3. Your path:
“Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:26)
QUESTION: Are you only going to places that keep your heart pure… Or are you drifting into questionable areas?