This month we have been talking about the enemy’s attempt to attack our heart. We know that the heart is the figurative core of who we are. The Bible charges us with protecting our inner self, so that we can stay on the right track. In the New Living Translation, Proverbs 4:23 puts it this way, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” A guarded heart is like a compass that points in the Godward direction.
The enemy can introduce several roadblocks in our route. Temptations of sin distract our journey and lead us down a path that can, if followed long enough, render our compass useless. One strategy to keep our heart guarded and our lives on the right track is to lean on those around us who we can trust and be accountable to. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” It is important that we surround ourselves with trustworthy people who can sharpen us and challenge us to stay on the right path.
This should not be confused with dispersing the details of our struggles with everyone who will listen. We need Godly, beneficial relationships that build us up and sharpen us, not help to spread our gossip. When we have healthy relationships with people we can be accountable to, we can lean on them in the tough times and rejoice with them in the victorious times.
Likewise, we should strive to be pillars in others’ lives so we can build up and encourage others to guard their heart against the attacks of the enemy. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 instructs, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” At the end of the day, our heart is our responsibility, but it is okay to lean on others whose hearts are also guarded in Christ. If you don’t currently have any, seek out these Godly relationships and pray that God will place people in your path that will help you on your journey.