For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.

Tim and I wandered around the IKEA store a week or so ago. If you’ve never been there they are a huge furniture store, originated in Sweden, they sell ready to assemble furniture in fun styles. Unlike other stores, IKEA sets up complete rooms of furniture. We strolled through living rooms, bedrooms, amazing kitchens and even bathrooms. The employees set up visually appealing interiors to grab the buyer’s attention. Of course the furniture is attractive and inviting, but they represent a house, not a home. There’s no personal touch, no heart.

Without the heart, the designs look nice, but have no personal appeal, no depth of character. They lack individuality. God created every person with heart. Not just the one that pumps blood through the veins, but the heart that overflows with joy and aches with pain. The part of us that rips apart when tragedy strikes or oozes with love at the sight of a newborn baby. The creator knew we’d need to protect our hearts from evil in the world, temptation, and the frozen diffidence of not caring. Proverbs warns us to guard our hearts. Protect them from the things of the world that make them hard and cold. Instead shore the heart up with Bible verses and prayer, positive conversations, and hugs so that good things flow from it. Praise God for wanting us to have loving and peace-filled hearts.

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