The wisest person who ever lived (King Solomon) once said
” Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
I always thought that it meant what was going in… so in other words, if someone says stuff that hurts you don’t take it to heart… be careful what you read because it could corrupt your heart…
You know that sort of thing.
But then it dawned on me… what if it ALSO meant guard what is coming OUT of your heart.
Sometimes it seems to be easier to guard your heart from what goes in…
But sometimes people rub your up the wrong way… or frustrate you… or you’re tired… and BAM something is unleashed, you tell them what you REALLY think.
So what just happened there????
Something in your heart… popped out your mouth!
Luke puts it like this:
“What you say flows from what is in your heart” Luke 6:45
You may have had things lurking deep down inside your heart for ages… and it only surfaces now, when you least expect it…
When your guard is down…
Guard your heart… with what goes IN and OUT.
So what do you do when you feel these feelings?
Well first of all name it… what is it?
What is it that got under your skin?
Once you’ve named it, then when it is appropriate bring it to the light… tell someone you trust about it. You see when you keep things to yourself then you’re keeping it in the dark, and if it’s in the dark… it’s been given power.
Once it’s in the light and you’re dealing with it… it starts to loose it’s power… it might not happen straight away, but it will slowly start to happen.
Guard your heart…
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