Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. (God's Word Translation)
I love this verse. I need to take it to heart far more often than I do. Especially times that I'm cranky and out of sorts and say hurtful things to those I love. Even though I've asked Donald to forgive me and he graciously did, I still feel bad for the hurtful retort I threw his way. I should have been guarding my heart more diligently. I'm not beating myself up over it, although I'm still sad because it happened; I know God has forgiven me and Donald also. It's for instances like these that Jesus died for us. Sometimes I think we tend to just include the "big" sins when we think about His sacrifice on the cross. Alas, we miss part of the miracle of the cross and what Jesus did for us.
In Max Lucado's book "A Love Worth Giving" he says these wise words....
Today's thoughts are tomorrow's actions.
Today's jealousy is tomorrow's temper tantrum.
Today's bigotry is tomorrow's hate crime.
Today's anger is tomorrow's abuse.
Today's lust is tomorrow's adultery.
Today's greed is tomorrow's embezzlement.
Today's guilt is tomorrow's fear.
I really do need to guard my heart more diligently. Will you join me in guarding yours?