Don’t Follow Your Heart

Yesterday I was sitting in the waiting room of my doctor’s office when I noticed these beautiful canvases hanging on the wall with the following sayings:

“Live Every Moment
Laugh Every Day
Love Beyond Words
Listen to Your Heart”

Following your heart is such a huge theme in American culture. To find out how deeply we truly believe this, I did a quick internet search of “Follow your heart quotes.” The number of results were unbelievable! 10,900,000 to be exact!

Here are a few that I found:

  • You do have to follow your heart, otherwise you are living a false life.
  • You can choose to follow your heart always.
  • Follow your heart. Even though it’s on the left, it’s always right.

The problem with all of this, however, can be found in Jeremiah 17:9:

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick. Who can understand it?

Jesus also addresses the heart in Mark 7:20-22 “…‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come–sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly.” (bold lettering for emphasis).

Since our hearts are powerful organs, both physically and spiritually, the Bible also includes many verses about the heart. According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, the word “heart” appears over 1,000 times in the Bible, making it the most common word used when dealing with human nature.

Fellow Christians, I urge you,”Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2). Let’s not continue the “Listen to your Heart” sayings, and instead remember what we read in Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Jill Power

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