Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 AMP
23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Why do we need to guard our hearts so carefully? Why is this so important?

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Proverbs 4:23 NLT
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

Proverbs 23:7 AMP
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. …

1 Samuel 16:7 AMP
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

Quote from —D. De Haan
Think not alone of outward form;
Its beauty will depart;
But cultivate the Spirit’s fruits
That grow within the heart. —D. De Haan

Galatians 5:22-23 AMP
22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

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Psalm 119:9-11 NIV
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to Your word.
10 I seek You with all my heart;
do not let me stray from Your commands.
11 I have hidden Your word in my heart
that I might not sin against You.

Lord Jesus, help us hide Your word in our hearts. Thank You that as we wholeheartedly do this – our hearts will be guarded showing the fruits of Your Holy Spirit. Help our hearts to continue to grow in You.

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