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.

Matthew 6:21


Where our hearts are led depends on what is written on them. These are also known as our priorities. When God is our priority we will never be lead astray as we know that the Holy Spirit leads us into all righteousness.


What does God require to be written on our hearts?


Wisdom and understanding

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

Proverbs 2:10


Law

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 3:1


Mercy and truth

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart

Proverbs 3:3


Faith

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5


Understanding

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

Proverbs 8:5


Life

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Proverbs 14:30


Patience

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Proverbs 15:28


Joy and healing

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:22






Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:37


God has always desired our heart. He desired our heart and the heart he would give to us to become one. The same heart produces the same mind. The same mind produces the same desire.


Why should we trust God with our heart?


We begin to see clearly

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 23:26


We begin to walk in our purpose

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Proverbs 28:26



Jesus Christ restored our hearts by filling them with all the ingredients mentioned above.


One might ask: "Where is the love?"


Think back to the commandments given by God in the beginning and those given by Jesus Christ during his walk. When you abide by the commandments of love you will not willfully transgress those written in stone. You fulfill the law of God. In like manner, when you have the gifts of God written on your heart, the fruit of love is the result.






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