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March 17, 1993

Guarding Your Heart

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Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. PROVERBS 23:19
The workplace is fraught with obstacles that can knock our hearts off the right path.
There are opportunities to covet our coworkers’ positions and envy their possessions. There are opportunities to flirt with or engage in sexual immorality. There are opportunities to fudge numbers, cut corners, and hide the truth from vendors or clients. There are opportunities to gossip, belittle our colleagues, and stab our coworkers in the back. And the list goes on. So how do we keep ourselves from falling prey to any of these temptations?
By guarding our hearts.
Charles Swindoll puts it this way: “The quest for character requires that certain things be kept in the heart as well as kept from the heart. An unguarded heart spells disaster. A well-guarded heart means survival.”14
It’s not difficult to determine what to keep out of our hearts—we can start by not lingering on any of the temptations listed above. But what do we have to keep in our hearts if we want to survive? Philippians 4:8 holds a key: “[W]hatever 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.”
How well are you guarding your heart? Are you taking intentional steps to avoid the danger zones? Are you staying out of places that might invite you to succumb to temptation? Are you actively filling your mind with Scripture on a daily basis? Are you making it a habit to focus on things that are true, lovely, and pure? Your answers will determine the kind of protection your heart is getting.

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