Not a Bible Verse: Follow Your Heart

Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve been told to “Follow your heart”. You may have told someone else to say it. You may even have it on your calendar, or a poster, or embroidered on a pillow. But….is it Biblical? Is this something Christians should be repeating? It sounds good. I mean, it sounds like if Jesus is in our heart because we’re Christian, then we would be following Him, and that would be good, right? Well, the Bible says this:

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

I have to admit, The Bible is not wrong about my heart. Sometimes the way I react to people and the things they do…my heart is just not right. Other times, my heart has fallen for someone or something that seemed good, but ended up being a huge waste of my time – or worse, ended up hurting me, and hurting other people. My heart can be fickle – liking something one day and not the next, or feeling love for someone one minute and annoyance at them the next. My heart can be silly – choosing something because of the color, having a crush on someone because of their accent, wanting to go somewhere because other people have gone there. My heart is NOT a reliable source of wisdom. Why would I follow it? The Bible says that as a Christian, I am supposed to follow Jesus:

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 12:26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

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