Guarded Hearts Valentine's Devotional

Guarded Hearts

Julia Bettencourt

Posted January 29, 2013

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23

I am sure most of you have sang that little song about what is down in our hearts.  It starts off, "I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart".  It then goes on to "the love of Jesus down in my heart" and so on.

We sing that so lightheartedly but what is down in our hearts is so important because what is down in our heart is going to come out in how we live.

King Richard I of England was known as "Richard the Lionheart".   He was called that because he was thought to be courageous.  If people had a heart name for us, what would it be?  What our heart holds tells a great deal about us. 


Nehemiah 1:1-4; Nehemiah 2:1-3

One heavyhearted man in the Bible was Nehemiah.  When Nehemiah heard the news of how his country and people were oppressed, his heart became so heavy about the situation.  Even the king recognized that something was wrong with Nehemiah.

I'm so glad that the Lord is there when we are down and heavyhearted.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  1 Peter 5:7


1 Samuel 1:12-16

Remember the story of Hannah?  She was so heartbroken that she could not have any children. When she prayed in public, Eli the priest thought she was drunk but she was really just heartbroken.  Her sorrow was just so great.


Exodus 7:14; Exodus 8:32 

Perhaps Pharaoh is the best example in the Bible of a hardhearted person.  Even after He could see God's punishment though the plagues in Egypt, over and over Pharaoh hardened his heart even more.


Luke 10:30-35

I guess none of us would mind being known as bighearted.  It implies that we have a big heart and are giving.  When I think of someone that's bighearted, I think immediately of the story of the Good Samaritan.

The Good Samaritan didn't do just a little.  He went "big" with what he did for the man he found beaten along the road.  He didn't rely on someone else to help, he helped the man himself.  Then he took the man to a hotel and even paid for the man's lodging.  All this for someone he didn't even know.  The Good Samaritan had a big heart.


2 Kings 22:18-20

Josiah is one of those people in the Bible that we don't hear too much about, but did you know he had a tender heart?

We are to be tenderhearted as well.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32


Daniel 1:8 

Daniel was one of those truehearted people.  He didn't let people and things around him rule how he acted.  He purposed in his heart that he would remain true to what God expected of him.  He was true to God


2 Kings 4:8-10

Kindhearted people are truly a pleasure to be around.  I think of the Shunammite woman who showed kindness to the prophet Elisha.  She fed him and even made him a room so he could be comfortable when he visited.


How we live reflects the kind of heart we have so we have to be watchful of what we have way down in our hearts.  We have to guard it and guard it well.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23

So, what kind of heart name would you give yourself?

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