“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
(Proverbs 4:23 )
Valentine’s Day, like the blossoming of spring, is just around the corner. Being remembered with a card, candy or flowers on this holiday of the heart, can uplift us and lighten the heart, especially when the gift is from a sweetheart or a child. Lighthearted is defined as being free from care and anxiety, or being cheerfully optimistic and hopeful. Interestingly, the “heart” is sometimes described as the seat of our emotions, this connection is also expressed within other common idiom, such as:
- Heart of the matter
- Eat your heart out
- From the bottom of my heart
- Take heart
- Heart of Gold
- Heart of Stone
- Change of heart
Jesus has much to say about the heart and how important it is that we guard our hearts. The idea of heart under consideration here is not the physical heart, but rather it is the “heart” that is the emotional, intellectual, and mental seat of a person’s inner self. Our thoughts can create emotions that may move us to actions that result in consequences.
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
As followers of Jesus, we should desire to fill our hearts and minds with “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Jesus also gives us clarity on the top priority we should have in placing our affections, which flow from the heart. He was always doing the will of his Father, first by leaving heaven to come live on earth, then by living a perfect life of love and obedience, and finally by giving up his life as a sacrifice for us. His actions demonstrated his love and allegiance to God, the Father, and show us what it means to love wholeheartedly.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
Life can be full of challenges, and Jesus understands this completely, so he is able to guide us safely through the storms, when we trust in him and follow his lead. We can take heart in knowing our guide has gone before us, victoriously overcoming all of the common struggles we experience, and is seated at the right hand of God, intervening for us.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
The heart of the matter is we invite you to come and see Jesus, the Light of the World, for yourself and experience the change of heart he has planned for you.