You can guard your heart by guiding your mind so that you grace your tongue.
Here’s an example.
One day I made a birthday cake and left it sitting on the counter. When I entered the kitchen an hour later, I saw my son sticking his finger in the icing.
His actions messed up the icing and potentially spread bacteria for anyone who ate a piece of cake
I doubt he thought before he did that, but that was very typical of his life. Impulsive, doing what felt good. That can create problems. We must guard our hearts.
I love history, and at one point when I was reading about an individual who lived in England. He said, “Nations don’t think. They feel.”
Right now I think that describes most people in our nation. Our emotions drive us. We give in when those feelings scream loudly enough.
Is that wise? That can lead us to getting drunk, eating poorly and clogging our veins with cholesterol, and being so rude we destroy relationships. So what’s the answer?
I believe the Bible tells us that. I Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
This verse actually says we can’t follow our urges. A dog has to bark, but God gives us the ability to choose something better because Jesus is our Lord.
Today I have Carol McLeod, and she has just completed. Guide your mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue.