"Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life."
In the past four years, the Lord has placed a message on my heart about, well, the heart. He used my own testimony to teach me something...this is what lead me to write "The Palace Keepers", a book about protecting the purity of the heart. It's also available in e-book form.
The main thing God showed me is that purity is not only about our bodies but that true purity starts in the heart! Sometimes Christianity spends so much effort and time on telling young people that they must abstain from sexual sin, which is of course necessary and true, but they don't tell them HOW to do it.
We try and "reform" our ways, but since the main issue lies in our emotions, we tend to go back to the sin and never fully get over it.
Emotional purity is the clean state of our emotional health. If we know we have to keep our bodies clean and healthy, why don't we think that same way about our hearts?
Let's break down Proverbs 4:23:
"Keep thy heart..."
This means it's OUR job, to make sure it is following the Lord. But how?
"...with all diligence..."
Be responsible and accountable. Ask God every day how to guard your heart and obey Him at all times.
"...out of it are the issues of life."
Because our heart can create and lead us into different situations and we need to be ready now!
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us:
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Today, think about your heart and it's health.
What sort of things are you pouring into it? What kind of music are you listening to, or movies you are watching? Who is your heart attaching to? Are they following the Lord or leading you astray?
Purity of your emotions is so important! If you don't protect your heart, you will eventually allow someone else to have control over it, and thus, they end up controlling your emotions.