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Friday, September 12, 2014

Three reasons why you must Guard your heart

Guard your heart (Part 1): Three reasons why you must guard your heart

There’s a well-known verse in Proverbs that gets quoted often, especially to younger girls who are entering the age of dating and relationships.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
This is a piece of advice from King Solomon dating centuries ago, yet it still speaks a powerful truth to us today-- that it is imperative to guard our hearts. Here’s why:

1. Because the heart is extremely precious

Hindi mo kailangang ingatan at bantayan ang mga bagay na wala namang value. Tuwing Biyernes ng gabi, inilalabas ng kasambahay namin ang mga basura sa bahay, at iniiwan lang niya na totally unguarded sa tabing-daan ang mga ito. Bakit? Dahil wala naman itong halaga; it’s junk!

Not so with your heart. Ito ang kaibuturan ng kung sino ka. It is your authentic self ---the core of your beng. It is where all your dreams, your desires, and your passions live. Ito ang bahagi ng iyong pagkatao na umuugnay sayo sa Diyos at sa ibang tao.


Kaya nga ang sabi ni King Solomon (na mas matalino at marunong pa kay Tata Lino), bantayan mo ang puso mo “above all else”. Hindi suggestion ito eh, kundi sinasabi niya na gawin mo itong priority.  
Bantayan mo. Ingatan mo. Huwag mo basta-basta ipamimigay. Huwag mong basta-basta ipapakuha. Guwardyahan mo rin na tama ang kalagayan nito.


2. Because your heart is the root of everything you do

King Solomon says, “it is the wellspring of life”. In other words, it is the root and source of everything you do. Mula sa iyong puso dumadaloy ang lahat ng iniisip, sinasabi, at ginagawa mo.Kung nakatira ka sa isang are na may mga springs o “batis / bukal”, ma-ge-gets mo agad na naka-depende ang lahat sa agos ng sibol. Kung haharangan mo ang bukal, haharangan mo rin ang pag-daloy ng tubig na kinakailangan ng mga tao sa paligid; kung i-po-pollute mo naman ang tubig mula sa sibol, ang aagos ay nakalalasong tubig.

Likewise, if your heart is unhealthy and not right, it affects everything else--- your relationships, your career, your emotional stability, your discrimination and judgement, your ministry, your entire state. It is therefore crucial to guard it. 



3. Because the heart is deceitful

“The heart is deceitful above all things...” we read in Jeremiah 17:9. Ang puso, mapandaya? Oo, Bible na mismo nagsabi niyan.
While everyone advices people to “follow your heart”, the Bible actually tells us to GUARD IT. Why? Because the human heart can lead you in wrong, even deadly directions. Our heart and feelings can lie and can mislead us, if left unguarded. Pwedeng ang isang bagay o decisyon would “feel right”, and yet be completely wrong. Pwedeng tumibok sa ‘di pa tamang panahon.

Kung maayos ang pag-aaral, trabaho, ministry, finances, friendships, at family life mo, pero mali ang kalagayan ng puso mo, sabi nga ng Tatay ko, yung hindi maayos ang sisira doon sa maayos. Kaya it’s wise na bantayan at ingatan mo ang puso mo.


Do you agree that at times the heart can be deceitful / misleading
Can you share additional reasons why we must guard our hearts?


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10 comments:

Renz Policarpio said...

I was reminded of what Jesus said in Matthew 15:17-19 He said that
whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the HEART and these defile him/her
For out of the HEART come evil thought :)

Anonymous said...

Yes :-). I agree that heart is deceitful, we really GUARD our heart.. kasi kung Hindi kung sinu-sino na lang ang papasok dito. Parang magnanakaw :-)

Jason Andallo said...

Yeah, Just like what King Solomon said "Carefully guard your heart because this is the source of true Life". . . Proverbs 4:23

Anonymous said...

Thank You Ate Jez. We will guard our heart. Kasi diba may nilaan na tao para sa amin si Lord. Tsaka Romantic Love should be pursued at the right time, at the right manner, and AT THE RIGHT PERSON. Salamat sa pagse-share Ate! -Jaymar Sorza (Kuya Marcus' Network)

Brian Paul de Leon said...

Waaaah. Ate Jez, I started to visit your blogs/articles last night. And grabe agad, nung binasa ko yung Pornography article mo sobrang laki agad ng impact. May bagong nabuong mindset na natulong sakin and ngayon eto namang Guard your heart. Sobrang motivated po ako every preachings mo po, every articles na nababasa ko. Talagang may ginagawa at ginagamit si Lord para mabago at mapurify yung heart mo. Thank you, Ate Jez! Stay pure and have a strong faith! Stay inlove with Jesus. Blessed po ako sayo. :) and totally inspired. Love you, Pastora! :-D

Jez said...

Glad to know you were blessed, Renz! May God use you to teach the youth about guarding their hearts :)

Jez said...

Hello there! I agree! Hope you're doing well in guarding it :)

Jez said...

Hello Jason! It's great to hear from you. May God always give you the power to guard your heart well :)

Jez said...

Hello Jaymar! Wow, so great to hear from you and know you took time to read articles on my blog. Guard your heart as you wait. Your love story will be beautifully unfolded at the right time :)

Jez said...

Hello Brian! Great to know you took time to read articles on my blog (I recently posted two new articles!). Testings of the heart may come prematurely... guard your heart always, and guard it well :)