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Guarding Your Heart: Protecting Your Inner Sanctum

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it


Today I invite you to join me in exploring the act of guarding yourself. The theme of our devotional today is drawn from the wisdom-filled book of Proverbs. In these simple yet profound words lie an immense truth about our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.


First, let us grasp the meaning of 'heart' within this context. Biblically, the heart does not merely relate to our physical organ, but it symbolises the core of our being - it is the principal place where our feelings, desires, passions, and commitments dwell. Hence, when we are guided to guard our hearts, we are being called to protect our inner sanctums where the essence of who we are lives.


Why is it so critical to guard our hearts? Our heart dictates our thoughts, actions, and the course of our life. When our hearts are unguarded, we become vulnerable to forces of negativity, cynicism, doubt, and fear. An unguarded heart can easily be swayed by the pressures of the world or poisoned by the bitter roots of unforgiveness, anger, or despair. In Matthew 15:18 Jesus warned: But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.


Conversely, a heart that is guarded is filled with love, understanding, compassion, and God’s grace. It radiates peace and serenity, regardless of the circumstances of life. A guarded heart remains steadfast in faith, resolute in hope, and anchored in love with the Lord. In Matthew 5:8 Jesus tells us: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

How then do we guard our hearts? It starts with a conscious commitment to God’s word. Reading, understanding, and living by the Scriptures acts as a defensive shield around our hearts. It guides us in knowing what to accept and what to reject, keeping our hearts unspotted by the world.


Prayer is another powerful tool in guarding our hearts. It is through prayer that we invite God into our hearts, laying bare our vulnerabilities, aspirations, and fears before Him. In prayer, we seek His strength and guidance to fortify our hearts against the onslaught of spiritual attacks. As the Psalmist prays in Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.


We guard our hearts by practicing discernment in our relationships. As Christians, we are called to love others, but it is also important that we do not allow the wrong influences into our lives. Not every company is beneficial to our walk with God. Some may lead us astray and cause us heartache. Guarding your heart means being cautious about who you open up to, making sure they are people who will draw you closer to God, not pull you away.


My dear friends, the act of guarding our hearts is an ongoing journey. It requires awareness, practice, and divine help. Remember, as you guard your heart, you are not merely protecting yourself but also honouring God. For a clean, guarded heart is a pleasant dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.