Guard Your Heart

There are many ways that statement can be taken. It all depends on your experiences and point of view. We can guard our heart after a major breakup because we do not ever want to be hurt again. I was a guest on The ExFactor Radio Show about grandparents losing access to their grandchildren. ( to listen) The co-host said she had put a wall around her heart to protect herself in case her grandchildren were taken away from her and they were. I can make a case that she got what she prepared for and that was the lost of connectivity with her grandchildren. By her actions she received what she concentrated upon; the loss of her grandchildren. The words she spoke aloud and in her mind sent out a prayer. That prayer was answered. It may not have been what she wanted but she received what was upper most on her mind.

When you guard your heart in this manner, you allow negative thoughts to lead your life. When you guard your heart this way, you prevent forgiveness and true happiness from arriving. The words that you speak have a direct bearing on the things and experiences that come into your life.

Proverbs 4:23-27 says:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

I talk often about watching the words you speak because they have power. When you make a statement or you continue to dwell on a subject, it begins to manifest itself in ways you may not be able to imagine. When Solomon refers to guarding the heart, he is talking about the foundation of a person, their thoughts, what they desire; how they feel about people, places and things and finally the choices that make that person who they are.

Who are you and how does the way you speak affect you and those who are around you? What would you do if every word you spoke left a visible mark on your body or on the person to whom you were speaking? Have you ever had someone say something to you and it literally felt like a slap in the face? How do you think they would react if a red welt had risen on your face even though no physical contact had happened? Do you think they would have been apologetic or would they have continued because they wanted to cause you pain.

What would you do if you could see how what you said affected the other person? Would you be more careful of the words you used? You can see it now in how a person carries them self around you. You can see how a person reacts to your speech. Do they smile, frown, cringe, rebel, love, or hug? The look on a person’s face and eyes is a mirror into their soul. If you could see you were physically hurting them would you change your words? What if you were talking to your best friend, your child or your spouse and you saw a mark or symbol of how they were feeling appear? The world would be very different if your words caused a physical reaction that was visible. How many of you are walking around with invisible scar tissue from the pain that you have received from someone’s words? Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Your words and thoughts have a direct effect on you and those around you. It also shows who you really are. That is why God examines the heart, not just the words that come from your mouth. Your heart cannot hide what you really feel. So many people speak of the spiritual health of the heart and fail to realize that what we do and say has a physical effect on people. 

“An undisciplined mind leaks vital energy in a continuous stream of thoughts, worries, and skewed perceptions, many of which trigger disturbing emotions and degenerative chemical processes in the body.” – Connie Grauds, R.Ph., The Energy Prescription

Guard your heart from non-beneficial thoughts and activities. Speak words of encouragement to all. A few One Commands for this topic are: I don’t know how I speak words of encouragement to everyone I meet. I don’t know how I bless myself and others with joy, peace and abundance through my spoken words. I only know I do now with the help of the Holy Spirit.

As you go about your life you will begin to notice how you and what you speak. Make a conscious effort to speak words of encouragement to yourself and others. Stop your negative thought in a moment by asking what you really want.

According to your faith will it be done to you” Matthew 9:29

And it is so!


In Gratitude,
Beverly Fells Jones
The Silver Fox of Consciousness

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