Is Your Heart Leading You Astray?

Have you ever stopped to consider where the popular saying “follow your heart” originates? It’s not found in the Bible. In fact, the Bible paints a very different picture of our hearts, warning us against blindly trusting its guidance.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” This verse reveals the heart’s true nature: deceitful and sick. It’s not a reliable compass, but a flawed guide that can lead us down a dangerous path.

Jesus Himself exposes the dangers of following our hearts in Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” These evils originate from within our own hearts, revealing their deceitful nature.

Proverbs 28:26 further cautions us, “One who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But one who walks wisely will flee to safety.” Trusting our flawed hearts is simply foolish; true wisdom lies in seeking guidance from God’s Word.

Instead of following our deceitful hearts, we are called to follow Jesus. In Mark 8:34, Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” This means rejecting our heart’s desires and choosing to follow Jesus, the only trustworthy guide.

So, don’t be fooled by the allure of following your heart. It’s a path that leads to destruction. Choose instead to follow Jesus, and let His Word and wisdom guide your every move.