As I have been praying about an upcoming marriage workshop we will be speaking at; I have asked the Lord for wisdom on what to speak on. This scripture has come to mind several times so I have stopped to take notice. This is such a strong spiritual truth about life as a whole but I believe we also need to apply it to our marriage on a daily basis.
What should we guard our heart from? I would say anything that would derail our relationship with our spouse. This could be what we watch, read, listen to, people we surround ourselves with, and the thoughts we allow. We really have to be diligent and intentional about our heart.....so that it stays pure before the Lord and it is ONLY for our spouse.
You see, the enemy would love nothing more than for me to begin thinking that my spouse is not enough, I would be happier if......, that I deserve better etc. He will try every tactic to put a wedge between us and our spouse. It may be time, people, distance, attitudes, or lack of intimacy. He is crafty and he knows the demise of a Christian marriage is another way to slowly break the Christ follower and the Church.
So how do we guard our heart? We begin by being intentional about the people we spend time with - I need women in my life that will encourage me in my marriage, hold me accountable, and call me out when I am sliding down a slippery slope. We need to be mindful about what we watch and read - most shows today only encourage "the grass is greener" or "entitlement" type of thinking. There is no room for those thoughts in a Godly marriage! We need to be aware of distance due to calendars or business that can take a significant toll on our intimacy. This area of our marriage requires great care - it is the tie that binds us when all else is coming unglued!
So today I want to encourage us all to stop for a moment and evaluate how we are doing about being diligent and intentional about our heart? Are we guarding it as if everything else flows from it? As if our marriage depends on it? Have we allowed things, people, calendars, or our thoughts to begin to create cracks where the enemy can split in? If so, let's ask the Lord to help us pull up our guard, get rid of those areas that entangle us and begin to seek His guidance and protection for our marriage. Ask for wisdom on how to guard our hearts well.