One of the things that Jesus and I talk about frequently is the condition of my heart. We talk about the physical health of my heart and the need for good diet and exercise and enough sleep. I get a little cranky when proper diet, exercise, and sleep are brought to my attention but I understand I need to be reminded…often it seems.
We also talk about the spiritual state of my heart. Is it kind and generous, loving and caring, cheerful and open, honest and humble, discerning and disciplined, is it pure and focused on Him? It is easy to say yes I am all these things but am I? No, I am not! Not even close! It hurts to know how far I have to go before I can answer a firm and true yes.
I can be careless and absent-minded when it comes to the health of my heart, physically and spiritually. I just go about my days insensitive to how what I am doing and thinking is affecting my overall heart health. I know this has to change but I am stubborn and like doing things my way. Ps 51:17 tells us, The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, you will not despise a broken and humbled heart. My stubborn and rebellious spirit must be sacrificed to have the heart Jesus wants me to have. The Spirit lives in my heart! His home is meant to be like Him!
Jesus tells me I must guard my heart, my life depends on it. As always He doesn’t leave me to my own devices on how to do this He gives me direction:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
Do you know that life, physical and spiritual, flows from the heart?
Are you guarding your heart?
Blessings this day of grace,