The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants!
The heart is a fickle thing. Resilient enough to house Jesus and weak enough to fall for anything! What is the heart really? We can’t live without one or feel without one and yet it gets us into so much trouble. Nothing sells more than movies about romance, tear-jerking TV shows, and media stories; even Valentine’s Day makes people spend billions of dollars per year. What was God’s intention of giving us a heart? Here are the top 3 reasons why we must guard our hearts.
1. It’s meant to carry our issues
If you ball up your fist it resembles the size of your heart and it’s crazy to think that metaphorically we carry so many things in there. Our desires, the way we love, our greatest traumas, are all held in the heart. When we have a heart problem it’s a lot more complex than a head problem. Usually logical can convince a mind and lead it toward truth but, a heart needs roses, the sun, moon, and stars to be convinced it can trust any truth. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.” It’s where we store our desires and make our decisions which make it priceless.
2. It’s a filter
So this fickle thing is also meant to be guarded in an impenetrable vault because if anything gets through it that’s not like God, it can change the trajectory of our lives. Our hearts are fragile and demand our protection as it filters the things we see, we listen to, and experience. Just as we are picky about what water we drink because of toxins and debris, we have to be choosy about what we allow into our hearts. Doubts, fears, confusion, pain, it can all creep in and do some serious damage. Remember, Jesus lives there, Ephesians 3:17 “That Christ may make His home in your heart…” and has the Landlord He doesn’t deserve to live there amongst trash. Guard your heart.
3. It’s a wicked thing
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 Your heart isn’t pure on its own, that sinful nature had to begin somewhere. Eve knew the serpent’s logic didn’t make sense, her heart turned away from God, it was a heart decision that caused the fall of man. We can be in love with God one moment and sinning in the next. It’s infuriating to think about how weak we can become but, thank God for His grace that understands the wickedness of our heart. He left His word to keep us on guard, it’s the perfect manual that reminds us to love God with all of our hearts because if it’s busy doing that, it’ll be less susceptible to fail Him.
Tsk tsk. The heart is a strange thing but, oh when it’s surrendered to Jesus it makes for the perfect dwelling place, full of power and unconditional love.