Today is day 4 of our Proverbs Challenge, where we read a chapter of Proverbs every day and post the verse or verses that stand out to us. Today for me that verse is verse 23.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
The heart is a metaphor for the seat of moral decision making. It is the center of emotions, thinking, and reasoning. The heart is crucial in the battle between wisdom and foolishness, between righteousness and wickedness. Look how Jesus summarizes thirteen things in Mark 20:20‐23 that truly defiles a person. These actions and vices all come from the heart.
“And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.  For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.  All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
Mark 7:20-23 NLT