Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Guard your Heart

"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil." (Proverbs 4:23-27)

I like to read this passage often before I head into work. I love the wisdom imparted spoken of in this passage of Scripture. The passage starts at the central place of human beings which is the heart. Everything about us and in us flows from the heart. This is why it is called "the spring of life." Crooked speech, devious talk, gazing eyes and walking toward evil all come from a heart that is not watchful. Rather than guarding the heart Lady Folly freely walks the path of destruction. Wisdom keeps the heart with vigilance putting away these destructive patterns of sin. God's Word is so good to show us how to live a gospel-centered life. We know from Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked so we must guard and keep watch over our hearts. This is accomplished through godly wisdom which comes from fearing the Lord. May we ask him for his grace to live a gospel-centered life.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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