A football team understands the importance of protecting their quarterback, especially from his more vulnerable blind side. An army knows what areas are particularly valuable and where to emphasize its defense if things are going badly. But as Christians we sometimes neglect how important it is to guard our heart. Our heart guides all we do and needs to be healthy for all our life to be healthy. It is also vulnerable to constant attacks and temptations. If we don’t start with our heart in terms of our behavior and priorities, we will be treating symptoms rather than going to the source. Jesus can help us know how to guard our heart, and to see that spiritual health reflected in all we say and do.
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.Proverbs 4:20-27
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.