Proverbs 4:23 says,
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Guarding our hearts is one of the most important thing a Christian leader can do. This is because there are many situations which can easily turn our hearts away from its original goodness. I have found that the condition of a leader’s heart determines their effectiveness and direction, as we can see in the above passage. It also impacts the people who follow the leader. Here are a few more passages about the heart,
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Mt. 5:8
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” Mt. 6:21
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart” Mt. 12:35
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” Mt. 15:18
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” Mt. 22:37
These passages give insights into why a leader needs to have and maintain a good heart. If we are to truly guard our hearts then we need a clear definition of what it means to guard our hearts. Here is the definition to the word “guarding”,
“to give protection; keep watch; be watchful.”
“to keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over.”
“to keep under control or restraint as a matter of caution or prudence.”
Christian leader’s need to actively and attentively guard against anything that might corrupt their hearts; Because, everything we do is connected to the condition of our hearts. So we must focus on having a heart which is good and pleasing to God. (I plan on writing more on this topic in the near future).
How do you guard your heart?