It’s excellent advice.
Particularly in the realm of dating.
We just never know at what point our heartstrings will be irreparably tied to another’s.
Even if we have no intention of falling in love, it happens anyway. That’s why Proverbs warns us
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~Proverbs 4:23
KEEP, v.t. pret. and pp. kept. [L. habeo, and capio.]
1. To hold; to retain in one’s power or possession; not to lose or part with. To preserve from falling or from danger; to protect; to guard or sustain.
The only way to “keep” our hearts properly is to follow the principles of Scripture.
Don’t date someone that you wouldn’t want to marry. You may fall in love with them before you even realize it.
Guard your heart. Guard your life.
Spend time with people who love your God the way that you do.
The rest of Charles Spurgeon’s quote says:
“…and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.”
Wise words. As are those of Solomon:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~Proverbs 119:9-11
When we obey the Word and seek God with our whole heart, we keep our hearts safely in Him. When our hearts are fixed on Christ, we avoid sin.
I don’t know about you, but I like that formula.
If you are single, I trust that you are dating wisely. And that you are keeping your heart with all diligence.