Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
It is not your giftedness, your level of education, your connectedness with people of influence, your beauty or physical strength, but your HEART that ultimately determines your trajectory. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7b). Whatever lives in the heart finds expression in our behavior. That’s why Jesus warned us about unresolved anger and adultery and returning evil for evil (Matt. 5). Issues in the heart find their way into outward expressions that perpetuate strife and division. But grace and peace find expression through those who groom their hearts regularly. How are you protecting your heart?