By Jenna Morris
If you asked me how to guard a heart, I would give you multiple answers. First, I would tell you that I'm still discovering how to myself, so I'm not polished. I would then tell you this...
You know we have all heard those cheesy sayings in all the romance movies. There's one in particular that I do not quite agree with, and it's, "Follow your heart." Let me state my argument. Your heart is not a good leader. Your heart can be deceiving and serves what you want in flesh. Your heart holds selfish desires. Your heart possesses a roller coaster of emotions. Your heart does not work for your best interest, so telling someone to "follow their heart" is a line that should never be taken seriously. Your heart was not meant to be followed, your heart was meant to be protected.
Proverbs 4:23 says,
Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
It is written by our God to guard our hearts. It's not just something I'm telling you to do, or something we do without reason. It's a powerful act and can save you from so much heartache.
Solomon wrote this verse with the knowledge that who you are is what you do, hence, "For everything you do flows from it." Who you are is rooted in your heart, therefore, wouldn't you think that it is essential to guard your heart (who you are) while walking in any kind of relationship? Because who you are (your heart) is going to flow out and into that relationship.
Now, the two questions that remain are,
1. What does guarding your heart look like? 2. How do you guard your heart?
The importance of guarding your heart in this fallen, sin filled world of ours is stated in scripture. God's word tells us how and what keeping your heart protected is in not only relationship, but life.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God is everything your heart isn't. God is a perfect leader. God is genuine and serves not what you want in the moment, but what you truly need. God holds desires for you that will bless you. God is controlled and satisfying. God absolutely works for your best interest. So, why would we follow our unrighteous hearts instead of following a victorious God? Protecting your heart is to, first and foremost, humbly and completely submit your heart to the Father, admitting that you can't carry it all. He must do it for you. Protecting who you are (your heart) is to make your heart a follower of Christ's commandments. How to do that is to sulk in His scripture and keep in constant communication with Him.
The verse above declares that the peace of God will guard you. Trusting in Him will guard you. He IS your protection, so you've got to plead with Him so He can do what only HE is capable of doing. NOT your heart.
So if you asked me how to guard a heart, I would first say all of that, then I would tell you that you belong to God. Your contentment should not come from anything or anyone else. Trusting, resting, and acting in that statement is what will protect your soul.