Why should we guard our hearts?

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

The next step in effectively teaching your child a Proverb is to make sure they understand it. Having verses memorized is great. But if they don’t know what they mean, then it’s pointless. So, what does this Proverb mean?

In Scripture, the heart is more than the seat of emotions. People did not just feel with their hearts, they thought with them. This can be confusing for modern readers who tend to equate the heart with emotional responses and the mind with intellectual ones. As you read this verse and teach it to your children, stress the fact that God is not just talking about our emotions here but he’s also talking about the way that we think. This verse is saying something very similar to what Jesus said, “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man” (Matthew 15:18 NASB). Jesus’s point there was that our hearts steer our lives. And the things that we think about and dwell on will lead us to act and speak in particular ways. If we dwell on the bad things, we will do and say bad things. But if we dwell on good things, then we are cultivating good words and actions in our lives.

 

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