‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ Proverbs 4.23
It is interesting to note that it is God who changes our hearts, but it is us who have to guard the change. We can so easily let the wonderful things God does for us slip away. A profound sense of God’s love can be quickly replaced by a feeling of being a million miles away from him; or some precious words spoken to us by God can get completely forgotten the very next day. This command to guard our hearts is to resolve to let the things of God stay with us and deepen.
One way of doing this is to keep a simple journal; just a few lines to record the truths and thoughts that come to you. By reading back over it, you are reminded of them and they become uppermost in your mind once more.
The reason we are commanded to guard our hearts is because it affects how we act, both to others and to ourselves - all too often we can be ‘up’ one day and ‘down’ the next. Guarding our hearts – holding onto the things God reveals to us – brings a stability and consistency to our lives.
As you reflect over the past few days, what are the truths God has been trying to write on your heart? Call them back to mind; hold on to them and guard your heart.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission