By Marni Montanez
ďGuard your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (Prov 4:23)
Why is it so important to guard our hearts? Our heart is representative of our soul or emotions. It is the place where God speaks to us. Access to our hearts is gained through our eyes and our ears, but when we are not careful about what goes into our eyes and ears then communication with God is compromised.
The language of our heart has to be one and the same with the meaning of the words God is speaking whether from His written word or spoken word. Depending on what you listen to and take in, like filthy language, gossip negative talk or what you look at and allow to soak into your heart, like most TV programs etc.; that is what your heartís language will understand. The garbage that goes into your eyes and ears is the same garbage that will come out of your mouth. We speak from out of our hearts. If we feed on wickedness then we will speak wicked things and those wicked things will chip away at our hearts causing oppression to manifest in many ways. Itís the same as food that goes into our body. Healthy food goes in and makes our bodies healthy, but if the wrong foods go in and thatís all we eat, then our bodies will become sickly and weak.
As we look at things that are wholesome and pure, peace manifests in our hearts and we speak and behave in the light of truth and peace. God created us for the Garden of Eden and in it was peace, quiet, joy and simplicity, this is what we were originally made to feast upon with our eyes and ears. But I think it is safe to say that since we have been born in this time it is reasonable to assume God created this generation to have a tougher armor in order to fulfill our mission in the mist of a growing evil world. Even more we need our hearts to be filled with godly sights, sounds and smells.
The word of God is our guideline for righteous living. It is the instruction we need in order to know what to let in and what to keep out of our hearts. The word of God is the language we need embedded in our hearts. When we have the word of God filling our hearts then when ungodly, unedifying things are coming at us all day they are not able to enter in because our heart is already full of good things.
I challenge you to become aware of what you are taking in with your eyes and ears. That is the first step to learning what needs to be eliminated from your life so that your heart can illuminate with the holy light of God.
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The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.