Proverbs 4:23 admonishes us to guard our hearts, for out of it comes life. How do we do this? Can we guard our hearts on our own? Why is it so important to guard our hearts? That’s a good question.
Let’s talk about what happens when we do not guard our hearts. Without guarding our hearts we leave ourselves open to many influences, some good and some bad. It’s the negative influences that can lead us down to what seems to be a never ending spiral towards darkness and despair. In those moments there’s no hope and there’s no room for peace. Our minds tend to become preoccupied with everything that’s going wrong in our lives. Have you been there?
Without guarding our hearts we can sometimes “get in our feelings.” We allow our feelings to dictate what we think and how we behave. Oh, how dangerous that can be. Our feelings change on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day. We are women. We are human. Change is a part of life, but there are dangerous roads ahead when we choose not to control these feelings and choose not to guard our hearts.
Let’s be clear, guarding your heart does not exactly mean putting up a wall so high that no one can reach you. Don’t block love. Don’t block opportunity. We guard our hearts to protect ourselves from danger. How do you know if you’re in danger? This comes from communicating with God. Ask for his direction. Ask for his peace.
We guard our hearts to keep us in peace. The lack of peace leads to anxiety. How many times have you left your heart open which resulted in questioning everything around you? You question your own judgement. You question other people’s motives. You become anxious with the unknown. Where is your peace?
“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NKJV
Our peace should come from God. God’s peace can consume you to the point where it’s unimaginable how he changes the situation you’re in. God’s peace is an way to check your heart. Without his peace you can know something is not quite right. Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t explain why something was wrong, but you knew something just wasn’t quite right? Did you choose to overlook the lack of peace in that moment and make a decision that changed your life? Did you ignore the moment to guard your heart?
It can be a struggle to guard your heart on your own, so It may be helpful to have a team to help us. Doing this will take vulnerability as we share our struggles with those we trust. Find a trustworthy person that will help maintain accountability on your journey of guarding your heart. I encourage you to be intentional about making time to share your story and your heart with that person. If you don’t know who that person should be, pray about it and ask God to give you peace about the person you choose to open up to.
Sweet Hearts, we must guard our hearts. Most importantly we must allow God’s peace to guard our hearts. I pray that God’s peace will protect and guide you as you learn to protect yourself. Continue to trust God and always keep your Heart in Faith 💕