Summary: This sermon deals with guarding our hearts before entering relationships. Instead of looking for the right person, one should work on being the right person.
Help I Think I Am Falling In Love
We are beginning a new series today entitled “Love Is The Answer”. The series is going to deal with relationships and how we can make them stronger , healthier and happier in our daily lives. The first message will be “Help I Think I Am Falling In Love”, the second “What Are The Dating Rules”, the third “What Happened In My Marriage”, the fourth “Can Divorce Ever Be The Answer” and the fifth “Choosing To Be Single.”
Let’s suppose you took a friend to the store and was waiting for them to come out. When the person came out, he said, “I’m sorry it took so long, but that lottery line was off the hook. Here I know you don’t play, but take this ticket for your trouble. Wouldn’t it be funny if you won the 57 million dollar jackpot. So you take the ticket and think nothing of it. You’re at the table when the news comes on. You had just dropped the ticket on the table when you came in and thought nothing of it.
When they say they say the winning numbers they match your ticket. You’re there in shock and disbelief. Now let me ask you this, as you go to bed, how many of you are going to just leave the ticketout on the table. How many of you are going to try to put that ticket in a safe place? How many of you are going to try to hide the ticket? How many of you are going to open the window and shout out, I have the winning power-ball ticket here in my kitchen.” Something inside of you says, “this thing is valuable, you had better do something to guard it.”
Whenever we have something of value, we make sure we protect it. We guard it in some kind of a way. That’s why we lock up certain things. There is a part of us that God has created that is very valuable, but we don’t understand just how valuable it is. So the bible tells us, ‘don’t miss this.” In our Old Testament reading, there is a verse that reads in Proverbs 4:23 that says “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In the updated version of the NIV it says “Above all elseguard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Now above all else means, this a number one priority. Have you ever told anybody, whatever you do, do not forget to do such and such and such? This is what this verse this saying. Look if you mess this up, you can really cause yourself a lot of grief and pain in life. However if you guard your heart, you can experience life in a much greater way.
The heart is that part of us that is attracted or drawn toward other things. The heart can make us say things like “wow.” Or the heart can cause us to say, “ I really got to get me one of those.” The heart will cause us to turn on our back on many things, so that we can have this one thing. The heart can cause us to make decisions that are not even in our best interests. Have you ever said, “I don’t know why I did that, it just felt right at the time.” The heart can make us see a future prince or princess, when other people only see bad news.
We live in a culture that tells us the exact opposite of what God says about guarding our hearts. Our culture says, follow your heart and go after what you want. Our culture creates desires that appeal to our hearts and is able to convince to get things we think we need only once we have them, we realize we did not need this piece of junk after all. I don’t know how many of you bought the ginzu knife set, but if you did, I want to know how many times you used them to cut a nail in half.
Now the reason the bible tells us to guard our hearts is because, our heart can lead us to make poor choices. Now the choices we make today are going to determine what we are like in the future. We like to think, that once we reached a certain spot, we can just get a fresh start and wipe the slate clean. It does not work that way. Our behavior today, is going to show up in our future down the road.
One area of our lives in which we really need to guard our hearts is in the area of romance. We call it falling in love. Now our society is great at telling people how to fall in love, but not so good at how to stay in love. Falling in love is not a human idea. It was created by God, so that men and women would become interested in each other, get married and produce families to the glory of God. God created us with certain triggers so that we could run into a person and have a chemical reaction take place in our brains.