Guard your Heart

 

Galatians 6:7 says "Be not deceived; God is NOT mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." If this is true, and it is, then my heart must live by the same principle.  This is the universal law of “kind reproduces kind.”  For instance, if we gossip about our friends, family, or co-workers, we should not be surprised to find that we do not have as many friends as before.  Our families and co-workers will become more guarded in their relationships with us if we falsely accuse others or resort to malicious name calling.  Do not be surprised that the fruit we grow is bad.  Jesus confirms this in Matthew 7:18 when He says “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. “

When we produce bad fruit, it tends to reproduce and our tendency is to try and hide it by fake living. Despite our best efforts, it will always surface as bitterness, divisiveness, and confusion.   The problem begins when we have not guarded our hearts.

The Proverb 4:24 Solomon says to keep the heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.  Stated plainly, “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.” If you tell me what you think, I will tell you who you are and the life you live.  What you think is what you are.  Your attitude is the sum total of your thoughts.  

In school, we see students who like to speak evil of someone or to call names, or speak with filthy language.  In adults, we see this manifested in divisiveness, gossip, and slander.  What is being shown is the true character of the person with the evil tongue.  If you want to know what is in your heart just listen to what escapes your mouth.  Someone once said, “Sow a thought, reap a deed.  Sow a deed, reap a habit.  Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

How can I change to reap a better character and destiny? Here is wonderful news.  God made you where you cannot think two things at once.  So how do I keep from thinking what is wrong? Just think of what is right.  What is right? God’s word is right.  Get more Word into our hearts.  Despite what thoughts may come knocking at the door of your heart, run it by the authority of the Word of God.

When your mind is clear and right with God when you think the thoughts of Christ after Him when you are being transformed by the word of God and Spirit of God you will be doing the will of God.  If we do not take heed to guard our tongue it is going to produce bad fruit and our character will be marred.  Then we will find that “what is down in the well comes up in the bucket.”

Pastor Keith 

Amy Turner