You mean, this wasn’t meant for dating?

Guard your heart.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t a verse directed only to young girls starting the dating process. Guys, you’re not exempt. I don’t care if you’re a 300 pound body builder. Married ladies, God has called you to do it too. We are all called to guard our hearts. But what does that really look like?

I believe that if we love Christ and desire to live a life that glorifies Him, then we would pay more attention to what is “going in”. We would focus more on guarding our hearts. God tells us in Ephesians 5 to “pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise” {Ephesians 5:15} God’s Word is true. It isn’t someone’s mere opinion. God’s truth always trumps our opinion.

If we are truly seeking Christ, then we will be walking intentionally. We will be careful what we listen to, think about, hang around, watch, read, talk about and even where we go.

The more that we walk towards the world and what it has to “offer”, the farther away from Christ we become. The farther away we walk from the world and it’s offerings, the closer we become to Jesus.

“Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!” {James 4:7,8}

How do we resist the devil? By relying on God’s strength and choosing to stay away from the things that do not glorify God or draw you near to Him. Plain and simple. Friend, no one is strong enough. No one is immune to sin.

“So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.” {1 Corinthians 10:12}

It is important what you do.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. {Colossians 3:17}

If you claim Christ as your Savior, you are His ambassador which means you represent Him.

It is important what you say.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. {Ephesians 4:29}

Jesus says that when we die, we are held accountable for EVERY word that has ever came out of our mouths. {Matthew 12:36}

It is important what you think about.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. {Philippians 4:8}

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. {2 Corinthians 10:5}

Living a negative life isn’t God glorifying. If you struggle with negativity like I do, stay in constant prayer for God to change you. He will do it, beloved!

It is important what you watch.

“I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.” {David in Psalm 101:3}

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” {Romans 13:14}

I truly believe that what we watch and let go into our minds does affect us. Watching movies that entail extreme violence, sex, lust, foul language, and the like are not God-glorifying in any way and have no room in a Christ follower’s life, no matter how “entertaining” it is.

What goes in us affects us whether in a positive and God-honoring way or   in a sinful way.

And that is God’s truth, not a mere opinion.

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it

-Proverbs 4:23

-K

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