Guarding your heart – Part II

Guarding the Heart so that beauty would emerge 

Let’s guard our hearts so that others would see our inner beauty. Let’s guard our hearts spiritually, nurturing it with spiritual food.   Consider 1 Peter 3: 3-4. “Whose adoring, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” KJV

While this passage is directly addressed to wives, we can apply it to everyone and it is a lovely way to see, how insignificant the outward adorning is if the condition of one’s heart is weak, corrupt and ugly.  What is important to God is the condition of the inner-man.   He admonishes us to exchange ornaments of gold for ornaments of meekness and a quiet spirit.   In God’s sight, this is of great value and should be of great value to us as well. The plaiting of hair is not believed to be the literal plaiting of hair only, but even deeper, it speaks of elaborate hairstyles or practices, where extensive time and money is spent to present oneself as beautiful and to be desired.

Many of us have heard people described as “someone with a good heart” or “having a lovely heart” or “having a heart of an Angel” or maybe you have heard “he or she is a good-hearted person”.  It gives you a sweet sense of the person’s personality and you can only imagine, that if they were to die, they would certainly see heaven’s gates, assuming they know God.  The truth of the matter is that the Holy Spirit is the one who enables us to have a beautiful heart.  Consider the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5: 22&23: Love Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness, Self-control and Faith.  If we were to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, he would teach us how to show these qualities daily.

It is expected then that we protect our hearts from destructive seeds that can fester and  influence our behavior and attitudes and that we do that through the enabling power of God, through his Holy Spirit. It is impossible for self-control to flow out of a heart that is filled with anger; it is impossible for goodness to flow out of a heart of hate.

Signs that you are not doing a good job of guarding your heart and need to consider change: (Signs that your heart is not healthy)

  1. You are harboring or feeding on hate, unforgiveness, jealousy and pride or any other destructive emotions.
  2. You are attracted to persons who have no interest in God or Christlike characteristics.
  3. You resist being corrected and always think you know better; you resist change.
  4. You deny the very existence of God and His power.
  5. Most people hate to be around you; you offend others easily and are easily offended.
  6. You are comfortable making enemies, creating conflict and division.
  7. Your relationship with your family is broken and needs to be fixed.
  8. You often feel lost, unworthy and purposeless.

 Embracing Change

Change can be attained by pursuing the opposite of numbers 1 to 6.  You would need a greater power than yourself however; you would need God.  Admit that you have failed miserably, and you need Almighty God to change your heart.   Let his overwhelming love embrace you and give you hope.  You can meditate on the verses highlighted above and allow your eyes to be open to the truth about God and yourself.  A simple prayer of admission and confession would start you on your journey of a healthier you.

 

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