Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the force of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Good people who love Jesus can develop an overwhelming desire to do wrong.
Be careful not to get complacent. Just because you love Jesus doesn’t mean that you can daydream about doing things you know are wrong without consequence. If you allow yourself to focus on something long enough, it will affect your life.
If you watch, listen or think about the wrong things, your heart will begin to produce what you don’t like: lust, anger, envy or a desire for things that cause pain and destruction in your life.
This is why it’s so important for married people to be careful. You need to focus on the things you love about each other, not dream of someone else. Even if you never plan on acting on that dream, filling your heart with another person will have consequences. Eventually you’ll stop feeling like you’re in love with your spouse. You’ll assume you married wrong, when really you just failed to guard your heart.
The power of your heart is much bigger than you may realize, but turning it around is also easier than you might think. It does take discipline, but it’s a whole lot easier and more effective than fighting the devil or trying to modify behaviour through sheer willpower.
God gave you this gift called your heart, and you can learn how to use it. What are you struggling with? Do you need to stress less? Meditate on scriptures that promise you peace. Do you need healing? Listen to great teaching on healing and meditate on God’s promises to heal you.
Plant God’s Word deep in your heart and carefully choose your focus. You will reap great rewards.