There are several truths that are commonly spoken within the church – good truths – Biblical truths– but ones that are difficult to execute none-the-less.
“Guard your heart” the tried and true words spoken at every girl’s youth group gathering and purity conference. But how? How do you guard your heart when you’re falling for that boy you pretty sure you love? How do you just stop those feelings? That’s what guarding your heart looks like, right?
Oh, if only my twelve year old self would have understood the depth and the weight of those words. Guarding your heart is so much richer than putting up walls around your soul until the so-called “perfect” person comes along. It’s far more beautiful than turning off emotions and not allowing yourself to feel – rather, it’s the very opposite. Last week, I read this Proverb and everything finally clicked.
Proverbs 13:6 says, “Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless…”
Righteousness GUARDS. Righteousness. Guards. When I pursue Jesus, nothing more magnificently or impeccably guards my heart. The pursuit of holiness guards my steps, guards my way…guards my HEART. When we pursue intimate communion with our Abba, we say yes to righteousness guarding our very souls. When we seek to know Jesus like He knows us, the answers are easily set before us.
I can’t tell you the countless young women that I’ve seen struggle through relationships with guys, and in turn, their relationship with God. Wondering if he’s the right person, wondering if he will be their husband… I’ve been there. I’ve done it.
Wondering if it’s a yes or a no. Wondering if the slip ups are okay and forgiven…wondering if he’s really the solid man of God he should be. But friends, let me tell you something. Our God is not a god of confusion. He is not a God that is absent, no, rather He is HERE, He is PRESENT, and He is anything but passive. He desires intimate involvement in our lives – especially in the matters of our heart.
Girls… Women… Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Grandmas… Men. How are you doing at guarding your heart? Or maybe the better question is – how are you doing in your pursuit of Jesus?
Friends, I don’t think guarding our hearts just applies to guy and girl dating relationships. I think it applies to almost every aspect of our lives.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
The battle is real, friends. The devil will use any avenue possible to divert our attention from the One who deserves all worship. This is why we must fight for holiness. This is why the struggle really is real. We aren’t fighting against flesh and blood – we are fighting for souls. When you are distracted from your ultimate purpose on this earth, you are ineffective for the kingdom of God. When my head isn’t in the game – I’m not loving on and impacting the people God has called me to serve.
But friends, when Jesus is the adoration of my heart, I don’t have to fear falling on my face. I don’t have to fear messing things up in a relationship or with my purity or letting my emotions get the best of me. I don’t have to fear of living an ineffective or complacent life.
Because when I am wholeheartedly pursuing Jesus, He does it for me.
- Jessica Smith