Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
God as loving Father expects his children to keep his instruction in their hearts. The heart is the reflection of the person; it affects everything one does and it is God’s primary concern. The Lord does not judge the outward appearance but He weighs the motives, thoughts, and intentions of a person.
God hates a scheming, plotting, evil heart. The proud heart is self-sufficient and does not subject itself to God’s words; whereas, the humble heart is ready and willing to be instructed. A heart in tune with God’s desires is one of integrity.
Finally, there is no one who can say that his or her heart is pure and free from sin. Proverbs says that the heart is unclean and in need of cleansing. God, alone, is able to renew our spirits with His desires, and our mind with His thoughts.
How do you protect your heart? Are you self-sufficient or open to others’ help, and instruction? Are you known as a kind and loving person? Is your heart in tune with the ways of the world or God’s ways? What is the evidence that your heart has been redeemed and renewed by God?