Your heart is what really defines who you are as a person. It controls your thoughts, feelings, desires, choices and will. Proverbs 23:7 and 27:19 tell us that our hearts dictate who we are in this life on earth.
This is why what we expose our hearts to, what we allow into the depths of our being, is of utmost importance. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, emphatically emphasized this truth when he instructed his sons in Proverbs 4. In verse 23 of that chapter Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Solomon went on to tell his sons in the subsequent verses in Proverbs 4 that everything they were about or would do flows from the heart. He told them to protect their mouths from perversity and keep corrupt talk from their lips. He told them to let their eyes look straight ahead, give careful thought to the paths they would walk on and be steadfast in all of their ways. So, what are some practical ways in which we can guard our hearts? Here are three actions you can take to begin the process of guarding your hearts.
Our hearts (feelings, thoughts, desires) dictate who we are as a person. The Bible tells us above all else to guard our hearts. If we will put these three action steps into practice, our hearts will be shielded and protected from the evil, corruptness and sinfulness of this world and God will continue the process of forming, transforming and conforming us into the image of Christ.