If we are to succeed in safeguarding our heart, we need to be able to identify dangers and react quickly to protect ourselves. The word translated "safeguard" reminds us of the work done by a watchman.
In ancient days, watchmen stood guard on the walls of a city and sounded an alarm if they saw danger approaching. That mental picture helps bus understand what we must do to stop out thinking from being corrupted.
In ancient times, watchmen worked closely with city gatekeepers. Together, they helped protect the city by making sure that the gates were closed whenever an enemy came near. Our well- trained conscience can act as our watchman and warn us when our heart or thoughts or feelings or desires are about to be invaded.
Whenever our conscience sounds the alarm, we need to listen and shut the gate, so to speak and we will eventually safeguard our heart.
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