Guard your heart

We often speak about love, but identify it as an emotion. In doing so, we miss the fulness of what true love is. In order to understand love, we need to understand where it comes from. We need to understand our hearts and the man who healed them.


What did Jesus Christ teach us about our hearts?


There are four parts to healing.



But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Matthew 15:18


Jesus Christ created in us clean hearts. There is a saying which goes "those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it". In Christ there is no condemnation to those who believe but we are not immune to defiling ourselves. The word defile here means "to make common or unclean". Essentially these are the things which take us back to our "unsaved" state of having to earn our salvation through good works.


How do our hearts defile us?


Wickedness

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Proverbs 6:18


Lust

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

Proverbs 6:25


Disobedience

They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

Proverbs 11:20


Lies

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Proverbs 12:20


Confusion

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

Proverbs 14:14


Pride

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5


Jealousy

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

Proverbs 23:17




A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Matthew 12:35


Words and actions come from learned behavior. These are the result of the things we know to be right and wrong and what we feel convicted on. The fruit produced can either be fruits of the spirit or flesh.


How does the fruit develop?


We face spiritual trials which become physical situations

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

Proverbs 17:3


God in his mercy would intervene before we self-destruct

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 18:12


Our circumstances are meant to teach us

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12


We can either receive the lesson or fall victim to ignorance through our rejection

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 28:14




For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.