Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
Our heart is very valuable treasure that we must protect and guard…why? Well, because our life depends on it. Besides, why would God ever instruct us to guard something unimportant? (He doesn’t by the way) So when God instructs us to guard or to protect our hearts it must mean that our hearts must be very vital and it is. Our hearts makes us who we are and it determines our lives.
Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” That verse should say it all. Our hearts are more valuable than the next upcoming quiz, guy, or latest Twilight move. When we talk about emotional purity, we’re stating how to keep our emotions and hearts pure. As I have said earlier, purity is so much more than just abstinence It’s a life living and a heart thing.
As girls, we are gifted as being very emotional creatures that’s why Proverbs 4:23 should be like our anthem because we tend to give in to our emotions a lot. But we should be very careful about who we confine in and who we allow pieces of our heart to go to, besides no one should be allowed to that special part in your heart except God.
Guarding my heart (does) mean allowing no one access to that most central place of my affections but God. It means keeping the first commandment first—and loving Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut. 6:5). ~ Paula Hendricks “How Do I Guard My Heart”
We were made by God and so our bodies (and hearts) belong to Him as well. However, God gives us the choice on whether to give our hearts and affections to Him or not. But we still must remember that whatever we allow in our hearts can either purify, build, and strengthen us or it can harm us, bring us down, and leave our hearts in pieces. So whatever we allow entrance into our heart MATTERS…period. God knows that our hearts are valuable and so our hearts were made for Him because He would never harm that special part of us. It’s also another reason why nothing and no one can ever fulfill us the way God can because we were made for Him. You can always be sure that God never wants to harm us in anyway, that’s why it’s safe to say that we can confine our hearts to Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Our hearts are under constant attack every day. We are constantly bombarded with the media, with people’s opinions, and with the stresses of life. We don’t only have to guard our hearts from just bad relationships but from the world’s influences that want to corrupt our minds and hearts. Can you think of anything that tries to burden you down?
Is it a guy? A friend? An upcoming exam? Your parents? Insecurity? The future?
But the greatest thing is that we can confine our hearts to God and He promises us that He will strengthen us in life. Sure life will not always be easy, but also remember that Christ never promised that life will be easy. Yet He promised that He would be there with us in the tough (and good) times no matter what. So that should always helps us see things in a brighter perspective.
How can we stay emotionally pure?
- Ask God daily for help.
- Read the Bible, which is your ultimate weapon.
- Watch what you read or watch (magazines, tv shows, books, music, girl talk, etc…)
- Remember who you are in Christ
- Don’t bare you soul out to a guy.
I found that advice in a Christian girl’s magazine, and it’s so true. When you pour your heart out to a guy, you give him a piece of your heart that is suppose to be only for God (and your future husband). “Girls ‘give in’ physically only after they’ve given themselves away emotionally.” I also learned that you it is very wise to never text guys late at night because it tends to become very sensual or intimate, which will cause a deep emotional attachment.
Philippians 4:7-10 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”