How to guard the five gates of the heart
22 June 2016, 11:58
Wise King Solomon advises the young man to guard his heart diligently and not to open the door to the enemy. In the book of Proverbs he advises the young man to "keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Turn neither to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil (Proverbs 4:23-25)"
Jesus also reiterates this important lesson and tells the Pharisees that "out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies (Matthew 15:19-20)," which defile a man.
Everyone should know the five gates or areas of the heart that have to be closely guarded so that the evil does not enter and defile them for "whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him (Ecclesiastes 10:8)."
1. Greed. It is said that there is enough for all the people but not enough for the greedy. Greed is what makes Third World countries poor through mismanagement of resources by those in power. When one is greedy they end up making many enemies and hurting even themselves as they continue to seek for more wealth at whatever coast.
When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for it is deceptive food - Proverbs 23:1-3.
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat -Proverbs 23:20.
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2. Anger. Being quick to anger exposes you to many pitfalls that you regret later like fighting and losing friends and destiny helpers that took you long to create.
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife - Proverbs 15:18.
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go," Proverbs 22:24. "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression - Proverbs 29:22.
3. Lust. Lust makes one not reason because it is his erection that determines his direction. This has destroyed many men like Samson.
Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings - Proverbs 31:3.
4. Laziness. The worse curse one can have is the self curse of laziness. When one is lazy they are unable to make progress in life and when they are assisted, they quickly loose it again.
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. -Proverbs 10:5 A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied–Proverbs 13:4
5. Pride. Pride makes it impossible to learn from others or be assisted. It attracts strive and rejection.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate - Proverbs 8:13.
These five sins form the rubric under which all sins whether of omission or commission can be classified. Solomonic wisdom in the Proverbs help us identify and avoid them.
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