Farmers do many things to cause the soil they work to be fertile and rich in order that they will reap a large crop. Many gardeners spread compost on their plot. Compost is defined by Webster's as "a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter." It is IRONIC and fascinating to me that to grow healthy vegetables, aromatic herbs & health-giving fruit in our garden we need 'decayed organic matter' to enrich the soil. The opposite is true of our heart.
The Lord challenges us today in our reading in Proverbs to 'watch over [our] heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life." (Pr. 4:23) Our hearts can be life-giving or life-defiling. Our hearts can flow with life-giving water or can spew (see Jesus' words in yesterday's reading - Mt. 15) evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications and more. Everything starts in our hearts. It's been said, 'Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a life-style. Sow a life-style, reap a destiny.' Everything starts in the heart and will be life-giving or life-defiling.
Warren Wiersbe writes..."The heart is the 'master-control of the life; a wrong heart always produces a wrong life, to allow sin into the heart is to pollute the entire life…" What you 'fertilize' your heart with will effect the sort of fruit your life produces. If you spread immoral thoughts, hatred or greed, your life will bear behavior consistent with that soil. If you 'fertilize' your heart with God's Word, love and kindness, your life will bear behavior consistent with that soil. GUARD YOUR HEART....and what you 'fertilize' it with!