Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
The heart metaphorically is the essence of our being, emotions, and intelligence. It is the storehouse of our deepest emotions and beliefs. The heart is the throne of our conscience and imagination. To guard it is the strength of wisdom. The prophet Jeremiah warns, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" He gives the answer in the following verse, "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." The key to keeping your heart is to respond with patience. Sense the heart is a wellspring of emotions; its first reaction may not be filled with all of its wisdom; for we ware our emotions of the surface of the heart. Intelligence and conscience are the deep issues of it. To keep our hearts, patience must be its first line of defense.