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The Bible tells us to take responsibility for the affections of our hearts; we are not victims of what we love

The Power to Commit
Direct Your Mind – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:3-10

Key Verse: Colossians 3:1-2

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Continuing our study from yesterday’s devotional, we see Paul speak of both the heart and the mind. Yesterday we talked about directing our thoughts toward godly things. Let’s look today at what Paul was referring to when he spoke of the heart.

The heart is a word that refers to the center of our affections. We use the phrase, “I love you with all my heart;” referring to the deep and central part of our very being. Proverbs 4:23 reminds us: “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.”

Our key verse tells us to “set our hearts on things above.” The apostle wants us to take responsibility for the affections of our hearts. We are not victims of what we love. We can direct our affections and set our hearts on what we determine is proper to love! God’s Holy Spirit that lives in us will help us when we start to develop love for the wrong things — for the wrong persons.

Are you guarding your heart? When you feel an affection developing in you for things that may not please or honor God, do you direct your inner affections or let them run wild? Our challenge is to commit ourselves to God, which means working hard and following through on what we have set our hearts and minds to do.

Father, I have made the commitment. Please help me see the things that would capture my affections away from you and eternal things. In Jesus’ Name, amen.