"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips."
I was reading the proverbs of the day and saw those two verses. Although I have heard them many times before, but I just love them. There is another verse that I can't seem to find right now that just speaks volumes to me. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Our hearts are critical to our everyday lives. Not only the obvious, that it keeps our blood pumping so we can stay alive, but also because our hearts define who we are as a person. What ever so a man thinks, so is he. Whatever ill thought we think towards a person, will eventually come out in the open. It's kind of scary to think about really. I know lately, I've been dealing a lot with pride, and this is a big area concerning that. If I start to judge a person and think I am better than that person, then I will continue to keep thinking that. There's got to be a stop somewhere. It leads us to back to Proverbs 4:23, guard your heart! It is so important! If we choose to let things in or let things take over and empower us that are not good for us, we will act upon them. Take for instance; watching movies where they show a good amount of sex scenes, that stuff gets into you. You've just openly let those scenes into your heart. You may not act upon them, at least right away. But, if you get enough of it, pretty soon it's going to be more tempting than you can bear. Now obviously this is in reference to sex when it's used improperly. When it's in the boundaries of marriage it's obviously allowed. :)
How do we guard our hearts you may ask. Well I decided to do a search on http://www.biblegateway.com/ with the key words "guard your heart" and this verse popped up.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
So there we have it! The peace of God will guard our hearts! Now THAT is comforting! We just have to allow it, we need to let God in so He can do His work in us. The more God we have in our lives, the less room there is for sin.