Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
In the verses right before, Solomon tells us to pay close attention to his words and to not let them out of our sight. He tells us that they are life and health to those who do so. And then “Above all else” we’re told to guard our heart. No matter how long you follow Christ and devote your time to studying His Word and praying, if you let your guard down for any length of time at all, you can get pulled back into the world’s way of living. To stay true to who you are – who you want to be – you simply must take time to guard your heart. To do this, you must stay true to the Word of God. And to do this you must know the Word of God.
Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.'” After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked, “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” ”
Wow, it’s what is within us that makes us who we are! This makes me think about the “seen” and the “unseen.” We can see our bodies. We cannot see our souls or our spirits. And isn’t it our soul and spirit that make us who we are? We cannot see our thoughts. We cannot see our Jesus either. However all of these things are the very essence of life. Jesus is the very essence of life. He is life. If you let Jesus in your heart, He can and will help you guard your heart. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite go-to verses that helps me guard my heart. For it is my heart that I gave to Jesus to fill – and He will fill your heart as well! Just ask Him.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.