Sunday, January 12, 2014

Guarded-Part 2

Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

What things do we need to protect our hearts from? We each have areas of personal sin that cause us more difficulty than it does for someone else. There is still a root of sin that has the potential to damage each of us if we are not careful. We have to learn what we need to guard against so that we can be successful in our protection. What do we need to guard against?

  • Gossip: needless conversation about others that is not encouraging or uplifting
  • Lust: fixating (even briefly) on others & allowing your mind
  • Envy: becoming so desirous of someone else & their status/possessions/abilities
  • Pride: giving ourselves the credit instead of honoring God
  • Apathy: resigning ourselves to not caring 
  • Superiority: a hardening of the heart as we elevate ourselves above others
  • Self-worship: seeking our own satisfaction instead of looking to honor God

Determining our areas of vulnerability and developing a plan of protection will help us be successful in guarding our hearts. We may find that that old adage is true: sometimes the best offense is a good defense.

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