This blog post was inspired by two awesome blog posts I’ve read recently: one at Refreshing Spirit and one at SaylwithPens, that talked about the heart, morals, and the dangers of following what we feel. Thanks to both of you! 🙂
This is a common thing we, especially in our tweens and teens, are told to do, and I really feel the need to rant about it: Follow Your Heart – or, Be True To Your Heart. (No, this isn’t about the song in Disney’s Mulan soundtrack. XD) The phrase sounds innocent enough. But lets be real. What are the heart’s intentions?
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Yikes! That sounds bad. Perhaps we can’t know the heart, but we can see what it desires:
Matthew 15:19: For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Why would I want to follow a heart that desires all of that?! But He can “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51: 10) Isn’t He amazing?!
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Matthew 22:37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
May we all have faith to trust in Him, to love Him, and – instead of our own selfish desires – follow Him with all our hearts! ♥
P.S.: If you’d like to go more in depth with this, here is a link to a free e-book that I am really enjoying right now that also inspired this: http://www.desiringgod.org/books/don-t-follow-your-heart