We are told to “Follow your heart” all the time. It is the go-to response when someone gives you advice, but doesn’t have any idea what to do themselves. Is it good advice? We hear it in movies (especially Disney), TV shows, music, and even commercials. Heck, that is usually how Kay Jewelers ends most of their commercials.
Have you ever really thought about it? Is it a good idea to blindly follow our hearts? That essential part of our body is not perfect? No part of us is. Why doesn’t the Bible have answers to questions like this? Well, actually…
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
“This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.” – Ecclesiastes 9:3
Oh, well that is awkward. The Bible is filled with passages that warn us about the evils of man’s heart (Psalms 10:2; Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:24). But, if we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior then maybe, just maybe, we can understand our heart. This would enable us to know when to and when not to follow it.
I suggest re-reading Jeremiah 17:9. It specifically asks, who can understand the heart? Our hearts will deceive us and following them will ultimately be our downfall. This isn’t to say they are never correct. However, God’s infallible Word is always correct and can always be trusted. If your heart is leading you astray from what His Word teaches us then maybe you need to tell Disney to shut up.
Ultimately, it is up to us. Whether we give into our flesh or ignore it is on us. The heart is just one of many things that will try to deceive you.