In Beautiful Treasure or Deceitfully Wicked?, we looked at how the Bible describes our hearts. Our hearts aren’t beautiful treasures to guard and protect. Our hearts are deceitfully wicked and evil, inclining to sin in all our thoughts (Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 6:5). We’ve also seen that Proverbs 4:23 is actually instructions for us to keep our hearts from sin.
However, there are a few verses that speak of beautiful hearts and good treasures of the heart. How do we get our hearts from deceitfully wicked to good treasures? The Lord doesn’t leave us without instructions.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (ESV)
1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 7:1-3 (ESV)
1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Treasuring God’s Word and writing it upon the tablets of our heart is how we are to turn our wicked, deceitful hearts into an abundance of good treasure. God’s Word is ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5). When we keep the Lord in our hearts He will turn our deceitfully wicked hearts into well springs of beautiful treasures (Matthew 12:33-37).
Matthew 6:21 (ESV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (see also Luke 12:34)
Matthew 12:33-37 (ESV)
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (see also Luke 6:45)
We, as women, are to adorn our hearts with a gentle and quiet spirit which will be very precious in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (ESV)
3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
So is your heart still deceitfully wicked or have you filled your heart with the Treasure from Christ, God’s Incarnate Word?
Ultimately the peace of Christ Jesus, Himself, guards our hearts.
Philippians 4:7 (ESV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Guard Your Heart series