Guarding our Hearts

Guarding Our Hearts

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” During the early days of my Christian walk, I would always encounter this verse from the Scripture whenever my mentors talk about love and relationships. On those days, I’m not exactly certain if I really understand this one. In my late teens, I dug through Christian self-help books about courting over dating, saving yourself for the one God has prepared for you, and guarding your heart. I even heard these things often on various conferences, movies and podcasts. This verse never had a personal meaning to me until one of my mentor in the church where I am attending shared her visions which God showed her when she was praying for me. According to her, she saw a glass bottle with crystal clear water inside, in another container. That pure water is just so attractive that many are trying to get it. She interpreted it as my heart. The glass bottle is my heart, fragile. And the clear water inside is what my heart contains, purity. Many would be trying to win my heart, but I must guard it, I must choose the best container where to put that pure water in a glass bottle so no one could break it. It all drilled down to that verse again. And guarding our hearts doesn’t just mean shielding ourselves from people who could possibly do harm to us. I believe the Scripture calls us to guard ourselves from evil and darkness, that we should fix our eyes to the one who created us (Proverbs 4:25), not allowing sins to creep into our hearts. At certain point, “guarding your heart” was taken to a different context, guarding ourselves against perversity and sins, and not protecting ourselves from a potential mate. In fact, Jesus said, love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34). However, the promise that guarding our heart will keep us away from pain, wrong relationships, bruises of life is somehow not the wisdom the Scripture wants us to get “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Everything happens for a reason and God lets ALL THINGS work together for our good.