The Importance Of A Christian Leader Guarding Their Heart

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?

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  • My time is really tight right now dan so no time to comment but I am looking forward to reading more on this. I will comment then. (I know you are waiting with baited breath). :)

    • Anonymous

      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the topic later. Have a great day.

  • Ashlee Eidson

    Proverbs 4:23 is one of my all-time favorite verses, because as you mentioned, our hearts are reflected in our outward lives. Great post, Dan! Always enjoy reading them.

    • Anonymous

      Its one of my favorites as well. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.