Follow your heart-a phrase commonly used nowadays. This means that doing what we feel like doing. But is it really worth following our hearts?
The Bible tells that the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. We are masters of self-deception. Don’t you notice that we’re good at justifying things and crafting excuses? This is bad news because our hearts are in a hopeless condition! Even the owners do not know of its wickedness. I heard crimes committed out of rage, kids raised out of wedlock, marriages broken, all because the people involved followed their hearts. Christ said that “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander (Matthew 15:19).” Indeed, the heart harbors selfish motives and desires.
That’s why, God commanded us to guard our heart for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). But can we really do it? Left to ourselves, we cannot for apart from God we are nothing. But that does not stop there. There is good news! God gave His Son to save us from our sins that come from our hearts. All we have to do is acknowledge our broken state and surrender the broken pieces to the Heart-former, our Savior-Jesus Christ. And He is more than willing and able to create in us new and pure hearts—one that is attuned to doing His will.
God knows our hearts more than we do, that’s why He gave the command, not out of condemnation, but out of love.
Instead of following our hearts, we must follow God’s heart. 🙂
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and shall direct your path.”-Proverbs 3:5-6