Things we guard:
Our children, from dangerous situations.
Our home, by using locks and security systems.
Our computers, by implementing a password.
Our property, by using a guard dog.
Our skin, by using sunblock.
Our finances, by saving money.
Our car, by using a car alarm.
What about your heart?
Did you forget to guard one of the most important things?
The Bible says in Proverbs 4: 23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (NIV)
This word guard means to protect, keep, watch, inspect, like the guarding of a fortress.
We are guarding everything else, why aren't we guarding our hearts? If you are not careful with your heart, it will lead to "heart"ache. The repercussions can be terrible. You have the potential to not only ruin your life, but the lives of your family and the people you say you love.
Don't start the "innocent" flirting, there is no such thing! The confiding in someone other than your spouse. That is giving a piece of your heart away that should be for them alone. Only let your spouse be your confidant... not anyone of the opposite sex if you are married.
Most affairs start out innocently. You think it would be just fine to friend your ex girlfriend or boyfriend on facebook. In my opinion it's not fine... it's dangerous and playing with fire. If you are married you need to be careful of who you allow to be your friend in life AND on facebook! Too many marriages have failed because of facebook. I know of several.
You might think, wow, you sure are strict! Yes indeed I am. I'm trying to guard my heart.
We guard everything else... why not our hearts?
After all... if you don't guard it... you might not have anything much left TO guard. The rest may be left shattered in a million pieces...
Something to think about...