Proverb 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
The Last Days are called perilous times because of the bad behavior and character in mankind that is said to be a part of it. We are told that, “This know also, that In the Last Days perilous times shall come. FOR MEN SHALL BE … 2 Timothy 3:1-5.” It then lists the behaviors and characteristics of those men in verses 2-5. It is safe to say that the Scriptures are telling us that the peril of perilous times will be people. For every Christian that means that we must diligently guard our hearts especially in these perilous times. We cannot afford to harbor anything inside of us such as offense, unforgiveness, bitterness, unjustified anger, and strife, even for a moment. Everything we do flows from our heart and every good thing God has given us flows from our heart. Nothing or no one is so important so as to defile our walk with Jesus and clog up our heart.
We can count on our enemy to use whatever he can to get to us and get us upset inside, steal our focus, and neutralize our witness. What gets our attention can get us off track from God’s plan for our life and become a stumbling block. We have to learn forgiveness if we want to finish our course with joy. Forgiveness is release and dismissal of what was done or should have been done. It is releasing others from our personal judgment, personal vengeance, personal predictions, and our personal right to be angry. In forgiveness, we are releasing others from our:
- Personal judgment (we quit bringing the case before our mind to judge its wrong).
- Personal vengeance (we quit making plans to avenge the wrong).
- Personal predictions (we quit making predictions of what is going to happen to them because they wronged us).
- Personal right to be angry (when hurt we can get angry and be justified in it as long as we sin not but we can release that right).
Stay out of unforgiveness and bitterness Ephesians 4:31, 32 says, “ Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Do not allow the devil to get you to meditate on offenses to the point you perpetuate them for him. Let them drive you to meditate the Word. Stay out of offense and keep it out of your heart. Offenses will come Luke 17:1. They are a trap and the bait of satan but we don’t have to take the bait. Do not allow offense to speak bigger in your thoughts than the purpose and vision God’s called you to fulfill.
We need to keep strife out of our hearts because it opens the door to confusion and every evil work. We need to keep strife out of our hearts at all costs. It is deadly James 3:13-16; 2 Timothy 2:24-26. Guard your heart for out of it are the issues or forces of spiritual life. All of these weapons the enemy uses to form against us are all designed to get us locked up in an emotional hurt and freeze our living to the past. God’s future for us is better than all that so just let it go.