Proverbs 4:20-27 is a helpful guide for protecting your heart. The command to guard your heart, in verse 23, is embedded between two practical considerations to help you accomplish this. The first consideration in protecting the heart is to be aware of what goes into the heart. This only makes sense if everything that a person does flows from the heart.
In verse 20, Solomon urges his son to carefully listen to his words:
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
There is a direct connection with this verse and Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and Ephesians 6:1-3. The father's words, and by extension the mother's, are not just random thoughts. They specifically reference God's words and wisdom.
This connection must not be missed. Solomon is teaching his son the words of God. But much more than just chapter and verse is envisioned here. The other component of good biblical teaching is the imparting of wisdom.
Wisdom is the skill of applying God's truth to everyday life situations.
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