Our heart is central to our being because so many things attach themselves to us through our heart (that part of us where the will, intellect and emotions reside). This heart is so important to Jesus that the scripture says “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov 4:23). The word also tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:34). However, there is the merry heart that King Solomon speaks about in (Prov. 17:22 KJV) where he says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”. Thus, there is nothing like a merry heart for the believer because it’s like medicine for the soul; it’s like an energy drink for a worn out body; it’s like an on time word from an on time God after a long season of trials and tribulations that brings us to a place of freedom and victory.
Hence, because this merry heart is so important for the believer we can’t allow anything or anybody to minister or taint our hearts. We can’t allow the devil to say or do anything he wants to in our presence. We can’t allow anybody to speak things or do things in our presence that’s ungodly because it could be damaging to our merry hearts. Further, in order to maintain these merry hearts we need to have a real strong relationship with God because there are so many things going on in the world that challenges our heart life on a daily basis. However, because we know our heart is being challenged we must ask the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts on a daily basis so we don’t say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing and compromise our witness for God. Thus, our heart can be in one place or another from moment to moment but the goal is a merry heart for it is healing for the soul.
God Bless You