â€œDeep down everyone know that the heart is not a good leader first it is not consistent, how will you keep following something that you donâ€™t know when itâ€™s going to change.â€
I recently got advice from a Christian lady who told me to follow my heart. I was very confused because usually when ask for advice is because you do not want to follow your heart it is because you want reason and logic from the situation.
This piece of advice Iâ€™ve always had a problem with it; first of all I donâ€™t know what my heart want and definitely wouldnâ€™t want to follow somethingÂ like that; and secondly my heart can feel good about one thing this minute and hate it the next. Then why follow that?
Where do Christians get this idea of following your heart? Is it circular thinking or is it biblical truth?
Well it is definitely not from the bible because in Jeremiah 17:9 the bible says â€œthe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?â€ KJV.Â When I came across this verse thank God I did, I never entertained any ideas of following my heart. Deep down everyone know that the heart is not a good leader first it is not consistent, how will you keep following something that you donâ€™t know when itâ€™s going to change.Â Secondly letâ€™s just be honest with ourselves, the things that goes on in our hearts are evil, things that we think and can never say it out loud. Those things are not good.
The circular has a lot to say about the heart and why should we follow it, these two quotes are the ones of most that captured my attention. â€œFollow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, and then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.â€ Author Unknown- â€œFollow your heart, because if you always trust your mind, you’ll always act on logic, and logic doesn’t always lead to happiness.â€ Unknown.
The first quote is rather very interesting it says you must feel the answers; you cannot feel what you donâ€™t want so which means the answer is your desires and that is not what is right, the heart is untrustworthy. The second quote is about what leads to your happiness, but what makes you happy now is not guaranteed to make you happy forever and also it is not always what is best for you? The heart will always want to put you first which as Christians itâ€™s not what God want us to do.
The bible says the heart is deceitful and wicked, so tell me will you follow a crook a well know deceiver, my guess will be a No! So then why follow your heart. Why follow a wicked deceiver? Why let a part of your body lead your life?
Then what should you do with this part of your body that is so forward that just want to take charge and lead your life towards disaster and wickedness. Well the solution is easy; you the one who needs to lead your heart not the other way around. How then will you lead your heart, do not act on your feelings but just think what would have Jesus done. Fill your heart with Jesus and Godâ€™s word and in that case following your heart will be much safer because Jesus will be a guard of your heart.
Verses to help you:
“the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”(Jeremiah 17:9) (KJV)
â€œHe who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be deliveredâ€ (Proverbs 28:26).
â€œOut of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slandersâ€ (Matthew 15:19).