Guard the Heart

Philippians 2:5, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

We must guard the heart. The most important decisions in life start from the heart.

For the mouth speaks of what the heart is full of.

If good thoughts are stored, goodness will abound.

If evil thoughts are stored, evilness will abound.

Therefore, we must guard our heart from everything that flows from it.

Words can flow out of the mouth praising or cursing.

Either to encourage or denigrate.

It’s easy for people who aren’t of the faith to exhibit anger, deceit, bitterness, jealousy, and unforgiveness.

Even for those who say they’re of the faith.

“A time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body, but not in spirit.”

Therefore, we must not masquerade, as though we’re saints.

Simply, “going to church,”and not to “worship”doesn’t please God.

We must love and worship God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Amos 5:21-23, says, “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.”

What is our relationship with God? Is there one?

Are we in right fellowship?

If we have a relationship, shouldn’t our behavior and actions change for the better?

God’s word says, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

It’s easy for those to attach the “Christian”label, without any sacrifice and suffering.

Most aren’t willing to devote a portion of their time to read, meditate, or pray.

Only when their “backs are against the wall,” they remember to give God a minute.

Edward L. Wright © 2019

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